1/10/2009

Sneaky Nutrition....Fooling Myself


I've always been a picky eater. As a kid, I drove my mom nuts....dinner time was often a power struggle as she tried to get me to eat my veggies. I almost missed trick-or-treat once because of my refusal to eat my green beans.

To this day, I am still a finicky eater. I have tried many new foods, and eat much better than I ever have before...but I am still not the best veggie eater. This is something I really need to work on. So, besides being on a mission to lose weight as part of our adoption - I've been working on nutrition and food issues. I've been trying new fruits and new healthy recipes. (Still haven't gotten over the Banana thing....not sure if I ever will! lol). I've been making delicious smoothies using fat free yogurt and a variety of fruits.

Veggies are still a struggle for me. To this end, Mr. Hottie recently bought me the cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld. He too, is a picky eater and has some issues with veggies. Soon, we'll be responsible for a little one and ensuring he grows up with good eating habits. So we thought we'd give Jessica's recipes a try.

Jessica incorporates pureed vegetables and fruits into her healthy low-fat recipes. The book is mainly aimed at helping parents get kids to eat healthier versions of their favorite foods...but for nutritionally-challenged adults such as us -- it's a Godsend! Boy I wish this book had been available when I was a kid! My mom would've loved it.

Tonight we tried our first recipe from the book. We made the Macaroni & Cheese with pureed cauliflower in it. It was really creamy and tasty. It is a bit on the 'mild' side, but consider it was designed for kids. For us, I think a dash or two of hot sauce would add a bit of a kick.

I can't include the recipe in this post, but you can check out her website and see some photos of some of the yummy foods made from the recipes. I am really looking forward to trying more of the recipes, and perhaps getting used to cooking with and eating more veggies.

Do you have any recipes that 'hide' healthy ingredients? Have you struggled with certain foods? If so, what and how do you get past your inhibitions with them?

3 comments:

Janet said...

I saw Jessica on Oprah's show and thought some of her food sounded great....and I already love veggies!

As a kid I wouldn't touch certain veggies but now I eat almost all of them except okra. Just can't do that one! My taste seemed to change when I got older. It probably helped that my aunt worked in a produce market and brought home all kinds of veggies that she shared with me. I tried them all!

I may have to buy that book now. I'd like to try some of those hidden veggie recipes!

Andie said...

To this day I do NOT eat English peas. And I have LOTS of food issues...but strangely enough most of them center around other foods, not veggies or fruit.

I'm like Janet, the older I got the more my tastes changed and I liked certain veggies more...

I hate that you have the naner issue, but I totally understand it...believe me, I do! Do NOT even try to make me eat meat on the bone. Ewwwww. Can't go there. EVER.

Monogram Queen said...

I think that is a great idea and Andie, i'm with you on the "no meat on the bone" *shiver*

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