Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Sneaky Chef

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite MealsOne of my newest books that I love is The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine.  I devoured (yes, pun intended) this book on our trip and came home ready to buy cauliflower to hide it various things!
Sweetpea is our "picky" eater in that there is no convincing her to try something if she is not interested.  Buddy will at least try most things but even he can be selective about what he eats. 
The Sneaky Chef not only gives recipes that hide veggies and fruits but also gives various reasons and methods behind choosing to hide the healthy foods. Missy Lapine addresses meal time battles and how this makes family meal times a dreaded event for both parent and child.  Jon and I have struggled to make our family suppers a joy while encouraging healthy eating.
I hope to apply a few of the principles learned from this book and breathe a little easier knowing that Buddy and Sweetpea are getting the nutrients that they need.  With recipes like Magic Meatballs and Sauce, Power Pizza, and Total Tacos, Buddy and Sweetpea will be able to enjoy their favorite meals while consuming hidden vegetables and fruits.  I still plan to present vegetables and fruits on their plates to hopefully get Buddy and Sweetpea to eat them as is but without battle!
If your children are finicky eaters, I recommend finding this book and giving it a read.  Meal times should not be a guilt filled experience of bribing or cajoling or fussing at our children.  All moms want to know that their children are eating healthy and enjoying it.  The Sneaky Chef finds a balance between a fuss-free meal and nutrient rich food.

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