A few years ago, I received this cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. Since I didn't have kids yet, I hadn't made anything out of it. Well, yesterday while I was thawing out some homemade sweet potato baby food for Jane, I remembered the cookbook! I decided to thaw out some extra and try one of the recipes.
I made these grilled cheese sandwiches. It requires sweet potato puree, cheese and margarine. It looks just like American cheese. Lula LOVED it. She ate an entire sandwich (she usually eats 1/4 of that when we give her a sandwich). I also made one for myself. I liked the flavor, but the texture was a little odd for me.
Here is the recipe from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook:
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (with sweet potato)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sweet potato or butternut squash puree
1 Tbs margarine (although I prefer butter)
1/4 tsp salt
4 slices whole wheat bread
In a bowl, combine cheese, puree, butter and salt. Spread onto two slices of bread and top with the other slices. Coat pan with olive oil or butter and grill until brown.
The whole premise of the book is to "hide" veggie purees into foods for an extra healthy nutrition boost. I think I will try some of the other recipes since I'm already pureeing foods for Jane. I do, however, think it's important for kids to like veggies just as they are and we shouldn't have to rely on hiding them in foods. But, I don't think that is what the cookbook is necessarily suggesting. And if you have a kid that hates veggies, (thankfully mine like them!), then this would be a good cookbook to try out.
Since I was on a roll, I made these as well:
Applesauce Muffins (with carrot)
Topping: 2/3 C old fashioned oats
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs margarine (or butter)
1 1/2 C flour
1 C old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C milk
1/2 C butternut squash or carrot puree (I used carrot)
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C oil
For the topping: Stir together oats, sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Stir in melted butter.
For the batter: Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix applesauce with the milk, veggie puree, sugar , oil and egg. Add flour mixture and mix until just moistened.
Divide batter evenly into greased or lined muffin tins and sprinkle with the topping. Bake at 400 for 18-20 min.
These were delicious! We all loved these.