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1/14/08 9:46 P

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BTW, my daughter (17 months) ate one and liked it OK, but didn't gobble it up like she would M&Ms.
Oh well, onto the next recipe!

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1/14/08 9:43 P

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They were good, but the batter was better. It's like the rich flavor was lost once it was baked. Not as chocolatey. But still good and I'll definitely make them again.

I guess I'll log the recipe into the calculator. Grrrr(takes so long). I agree ... I sure wish the nutritional info. could've been included in the book.


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Ooohhh, please let me know how the brownies taste! I would LOVE to try them, but another post said they weren't very good.

I've been putting the recipes in to the Spark Recipe Calculator, but since there aren't veggie & fruit puree's listed, it's a little hard to get an exact cal. count. I guess you could use the calories from baby food jars though....that might be online somewhere. The nutrition info is the only thing that I think would make this cookbook even better.


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1/14/08 5:24 P

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The spinach/carrot brownies are in the oven! They smell great and the batter was delicious!

I am an avid tracker. Does anyone have the nutritional info. for these recipes or know where I can find it?
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1/5/08 3:06 P

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So, the muffins/donuts were a hit. My son loves pumpkin things anyway. I'm determined to find a donut mold, I think it would be fun to eat them in a donut shape.

Today I'm giving the Tortilla Cigars (with yellow squash & carrot) a try, since we have some leftover chicken. I substituted corn tortillas for the flour ones though, added some cumin & diced green chilies so they would have a little more flavor. We'll see how they go over. I tasted the filling and it was good.

My son does good with his veggies too. I mainly wanted this book so I could have some ideas for adding a little more nutrients to his meals. He is very slim and has a fast metabolism, and I want healthy meals for him that will give him a calorie & nutrient boost.

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1/5/08 2:31 P

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I guess I am fortunate. I don't have to sneak in vegetables.....my son eats it all! LOL!

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1/3/08 9:42 P

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Ok, so I wasn't thrilled with the mac & cheese #1, neither was my son, but he will barely eat the boxed stuff either, so I shouldn't be surprised. I think next time I want to make any mac, I'll just buy the boxed stuff and add the butternut squash to that. It isn't something we have very often anyway, so this recipe didn't need to be a "hit"....and when I plugged it all in to the Spark Recipe calculator...eeek...it just about maxed me out for the day, and the recipe makes WAY more than 4 servings! It's closer to 6 for a side dish.


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1/3/08 9:35 P

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I actually just made another batch (actually a double) and I used the mini muffin pans this time. This way they will last longer...the kids and DH are loving them.

I really do love the book too. My kids are so fussy, I gotta sneak the veggies in where I can. I am finally starting to see a small difference so I know it's going to get better if I stick with it.

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I think this book is a great idea! Most kids (and adults) don't come close to getting enough fruits and vegetables. But when it comes to the vegetables they see on their plate and won't eat it...don't forget it can take the child 12 times or more to decide they like something. Even if they just look or play with the food its a start! emoticon

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1/3/08 6:34 P

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I've been dying to make those donuts!! I have been looking for a donut pan, can't find one either, and as I was looking around today for one, I thought I would just use my mini muffin pan! Glad to hear that they are so good!!! I'll be home tomorrow, so I should have time to make them, they'll make a yummy weekend treat!

I'm going to attempt the mac & cheese # 1 tonight, my butternut squash is baking right now. I love butternut squash, so I hope this works out...not sure how Mac & Cheese will fit on my calorie counter but a small bite or two won't hurt.

~Amanda

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And it's, not, where you're from, it's where you're at.

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1/3/08 1:15 P

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I just made the pumpkin donuts and they are delicious!!!! And the best part...healthy too!!! Only 62 calories per serving. I didn't have a donut pan so I used a mini bundt pan. I think I'll try then again with a mini muffin pan. Everyone loved them- my favorite thing so far from the book.

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12/31/07 2:22 P

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I was wondering how the brownies were, I've seen a recipe that has babyfood prunes/plums mixed in brownies before, but never thought to try it. I might have to find it and give it a try and skip the spinach/carrot combo.

I really want to try the French Toast from the book. My son likes pumpkin pancakes...pumpkin anything really, so I thought I would do the French Toast with the pineapple or the sweet potato.

~Amanda

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And it's, not, where you're from, it's where you're at.

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12/31/07 1:51 P

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I'm ready to go get this book today! I saw Jessica Seinfeld talking about it on Oprah and sampling some of the recipes. I've heard of putting baby food in as the puree too. It may cost a bit more, but it certainly must save lots of time. Plus you don't have to wash the extra dishes you'll use to puree .. just throw away the jar ;)

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I made the french toast this morning with canned pumpkin and my kids loved them. At first, they said they didn't like them but they kept eating them so I knew they would eventually come around. I added some powdered sugar and then they each ate 2!!

I might try the pancakes for dinner tonight so I'll let you know what my family says.

I have found that most of the recipes need fine tuning to your families tastebuds. Some of the things that they didn't like at first, I think I can adjust a little bit and they will like the next time.

I did make the brownies with spinach and carrots and noone liked them. I even agreed that they were bad.

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I wish I had thought of using purees before! While I was cooking and bagging all of mine, I kept thinking that I could've been using babyfood and could have been doing it for the last seven years!

My pink pancakes need some fine tuning, they were a little too moist for me...maybe they need less of the ricotta. I tried the blueberry oat bars with spinach, not a big hit. Lasagne went over really well, but I only used the cauliflower puree, added chopped spinach, and chicken italian sausage. Yesterday I made a SP recipe and added the cauliflower to it...it blends so easy!!!

~Amanda

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12/31/07 9:27 A

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Since I started this thread, I have started using baby food puree in some meals and my kids have not noticed at all. I just put one small jar in and they are eating veggies LOL

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My kids are super, super picky so I got this book last month. I have pureed and stocked my freezer with lots of veggies and tried a few of the recipes. My kids have liked some of them, not all, but as I said they are super picky.

I'm not giving up though. I always put veggies that they can see on there plate, even though most nights they don't get eaten. It would definitely be nice to sneak some extra veggies in so I will continue to experiment with the book.

So far, the lasagna is my favorite meal idea. And I made the chocolate chip cookies with the chick peas and they were a hit too.

I'll have to try the pink pancakes...see what my sneaky kids think.

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12/28/07 4:08 P

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I got this book for Christmas, and this morning my son ate Pink Pancakes made with beet puree! Lastnight there was cauliflower puree in our Lasagne. I've heard of the sneaky chef too, and would like to look at some of her recipes as well.

~Amanda

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First, I would not hesitate to get the kids to eat their veggies that way. I just wouldn't hide it. I would talk about all the yummy veggies in their mac and cheese and how good it is for them. I do think it is important to create a really positive mindset about veggies with kids but realize that their little taste buds really might not "like" a lot of them. So "sneaking them in" can be a great idea.

And second, bear in mind that you may have to sneak them in now but they may develop a taste for them as they get older. My oldest dd (26) and I were talking the other day about how we didn't like the taste of certain veggies as a kid but love them now. And I remember really, honestly not liking the flavor of, say, asparagus. My Dad was hard core clean your plate so I ate 'em, like it or not. So it wasn't just a matter of not trying them. Now, I am fine with just about any vegetable. I just don't know very many interesting ways to prepare them.

I think I have to get that book! Especially since I also cook for my 3 and 4 year old grandsons these days;o)


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I have some pre-pureed foods that I keep in the deepfreeze - cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, sweet potato. If I'm making a lasagna or spaghetti or soup (something that takes a while to cook anyway) I will boil or steam the vegetable I want to add and then measure and puree it before add it to the dish.

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Fat_Begone-you puree the food as you cook? Or do you puree ahead of time? I think I would puree on the weekends for the next week-maybe to save time on a daily basis.

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I use "The Sneaky Chef" and I have my 5 year old help stir, etc. as I add the purees. I also offer veggies at meals. That way, she sees it in both forms. If she helps cook and sees me add things, I figure she will expect them in foods when she cooks as an adult. I have started adding sweet potatoes to EVERYTHING. If adds a really good texture to soups and spaghetti. To enter it in the tracker I weigh it before I puree it. I normally add a whole sweet potato to a dish rather than just a 1/4 cup, etc.

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I'm thinking of getting this cookbook too. My daughter is a terrible eater. I don't think I could get away with tricking her though, because she inspects everything she eats and would notice if anything looked or tasted differently. I would be willing to try it in any case and then tell her after. If I deceive her and get caught she wouldn't trust me anymore and would never try anything new. I can't risk that.



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I like the idea of being sneaky with fruits & veggies, but at the same time offering the real fruit or veggie and getting the kids to try them. I am seriously considering getting this book because my son eats like a bird and I always feel like he isn't getting the calories or nutrition that he really needs. It certainly can't be a replacement for eating fruits and veggies just a helpful way to make sure they are getting the nutition that they need.

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OK So I am assuming some of you have heard about this new cookbook to sneak in fruits and veggies into kids food to get in their nutrients. How do you all feel about it? I tried the sweet potatoes into the mach and cheese this weekend and no one noticed so it worked, but my kids aren't getting used to the taste of sweet potatos this way or do they know when they get older that they had their veggies this way. I am concerned about kids eating their veggies when they are kids because they are snuck into their food and then as adults don't eat them becuase they never did as kids. Does that make sense? I do like the idea of putting the fruits and veggies in and then also offering the veggies on the side. That way the kids get the veggies regardless of whether they eat them as the side dish. What are you all thoughts on this?

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