Sneaking Vegetables Into Recipes

@tentwo67 (3384)
United States
January 27, 2008 10:18am CST
There's been a big fuss about Jerry Seinfeld's wife possibly plagiarizing her book Deceptively Delicious from another book on the subject of sneaking veggies into children's food. I haven't seen the book she supposedly stole from, so I am not saying that she didn't steal from it, but I have looked at her book and I didn't think it was anything groundbreaking. What I mean by that is, certainly a lot of people have tried to sneak vegetables into their childrens' tummies. I thought her approach was pretty cool. Personally, I am a big fan of adding vegetables to recipes whenever you can, and not to fool anyone. It just makes it healthier, and often tastier to add different elements to a dish. I have to be careful with it, though. My husband found a really easy stroganoff recipe, and I thought it would taste better with spinach in it.... IT DID, it was delicious! But, it was also green and he and my son hated it. Now if I want spinach I have to add it in later! What do you guys think about adding in veggies, sneaking or not?
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I was so fortunate that my children loved vegetables as children. I feel that part of the reason is that they had vegetables from day one! I suppose if they had not liked them and was not eating enough vegetables I would have snuck them in, for health's sake! I have always added vegetables to dishes, just as a way for all of us to be certain of having enough vegetables, not to be sneaky! I have always done things like shredded carrot into my meatloaf, added steamed cauliflower to mashed potatos before mashing them etc.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I bought some cauliflower in the store today to add to mashed potatoes with tonight's dinner! My son is pretty good about eating veggies too, which is a blessing. Thanks for responding!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I agree, we never made a fuss over veggies, and always served them - as infants they prefered the veggies - now there are a few veggies this one does not like or that one does not like - but I make them and they have to take at least one spoonful of what they do not like (unless it makes them physically ill) I tell them that tastebuds and tastes change over time so they must always give it a try... besides, they ask God to bless their food, I think it is pretty rotten to reject His Blessings especially after specifically asking for them!
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I do that with my son too. If he tries something and truly doesn't like it, I won't make him eat it, but I do insist that he try at least one bite of it out of respect for the efforts of the cook.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
28 Jan 08
My six year old daughter absolutely refuses to eat vegetables so if it means that she doesn't know they are in there...fine by me. She tried to eat corn and actually threw up. If the child could live on cereal and peanut butter and jelly she would! I picked up that cookbook at Target the other day but didn't look all that closely at it. I am going to look at it again the next time I am at the store.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
29 Jan 08
How do kids manage to do that? My son doesn't actually throw up but he is capable of some very interesting expressions when he's tasting something he doesn't like! I thought the cookbook was pretty gungho, but there are parts of it I'll probably incorporate in my kitchen routines.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Jan 08
absolutely, veggies go into most anything I cook (though not usually sweets) spinach in strogonoff sounds wonderful btw! I hvae put zucchini grated into pancakes, carrots grated into burgers etc. It is not usually a secret - but I do not necessarily tell as it is just the way I cook, I do not make a big deal about it.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I've heard that shredded zucchini adds a lot of moisture to baked goods. Jessica Seinfeld makes her brownies with pureed spinach. I love the idea of the carrots in the hamburger. Thanks for responding!
• United States
27 Jan 08
I don't want to have to be hiding anything my family eats. The only way I could see this happening. Is if I could not get her to eat any veggies. I would then have to start making more smoothies with a veggie inside. That would be about it. As for this womans book I saw it in costco and almost bought it. I realized I would not likely not use it. I would not think she stole anything.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I didn't want to buy it either, so I checked it out of the library. I don't really believe in sneaking things in either, I believe it's better to teach your kids to eat the stuff. I do like to add vegetables to recipes when I can, though.