A few years ago, I received two cookbooks as a gift:
- The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals, and
- The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 All-New Recipes and Sneaky Tricks for Creating Healthy Meals Kids Will Love
Both cookbooks are by Missy Chase Lapine, and she was really on to something. Sneak healthy ingredients like pureed vegetables and beans into ordinary, kid-pleasing recipes like Mac & Cheese and Pizza, and no more fights to get them to eat foods they otherwise wouldn’t eat!
With my own daughter, picky eating has been a huge battle. But the recipes I’ve tried from Missy’s cookbooks – especially chocolate pancakes (made with sneaky ingredients like pureed spinach) – have actually been received well by my daughter. I don’t make these sneaky recipes all the time – it does take extra time – but it has proven effective for getting those not-so-popular veggies in my kids’ diets!
That’s why I jumped at the chance to review Missy’s new book, Sneaky Blends: Supercharge Your Health with More Than 100 Recipes Using the Power of Purees. Not so much for kids this time, it’s a book for anyone wanting to add a boost of nutrition to their meals by using purees.
Sneaky Blends is more than a cookbook – Missy has put together a whole, detailed plan to use vegetable blends to replace more high calorie ingredients in recipes. In fact, a study at Pennsylvania State University found that doing so helped participants eat 357 fewer calories each day (or 2,500 calories a week!).
Sneaky Blends is 285 pages and is divided into two parts –
- The Plan: which is chapters 1 – 3, with information about blending and a 3-day detox plan, and
- The Blends: chapters 4 – 5, with the recipes.
Honestly, I can’t see myself ever doing a detox plan – but the book offers great tips, such as 40 ways to sneak blends into your everyday meals (such as, try them in salad dressings, soups, nut butters, etc). And the photos in the book are amazing – the book makes vegetables look so delicious and tempting!
One of the recipes I tried was the Skinny Sweet Potato Donut Bites. I had to search several different stores for a mini donut pan to make this (I finally found one at Michael’s), but it was so worth it – the mini donuts tasted just like regular mini donuts! I even fooled my husband and son into thinking that’s what they were – little did they know the donuts had sweet potatoes, carrots and whole grain pastry flour in them! They (and I) gobbled them all up! Here’s how they turned out – Yum!
Other recipes I plan to try include:
- Sweet Potato Crepes
- Chocolate Crepes
- “No More Muffin Top!” Blueberry Muffin Tops
- Crunchy Kale-Crust Pizza
- 4 P.M. Protein Cookie
- Winter Detox Hot Cocoa
There are also many dressings, shakes, gelatos and other types of recipes. Want a preview? Visit her website for some free recipes such as:
Nutrition facts (per serving): 162 calories; 8 g fat; 258 mg sodium; 12 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 10 g protein
Serving size: 1 frittata
Servings: 6 people
Nonstick cooking spray
6 6 inch corn tortillas
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup Broccoli-Pea-Spinach Base Blend See Broccoli-Pea-Spinach Green Base Blend Recipe
3/4 cup finely chopped raw broccoli florets
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mist a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to make them pliable.
Gently press 1 into each of 6 muffin cups.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, chia seeds, 1/4 cup of the cheese, salt, the blend, and the broccoli.
Pour 1/4 cup of the egg mixture into each muffin cup and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 22 minutes, until the eggs are just set.
Leftover frittatas freeze well for up to 3 months.
Sneaky Blends makes a great gift, and is a great book to help you get healthier and achieve those New Year’s Resolutions to eat better!
Read also my review of The Sneaky Chef Foods including Sneaky Chef brand pasta and no-nut peanut butter!
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