Months ago I randomly ran across the Oprah show talking about this book called Deceptively Delicious with the sole intent on pureeing up veggies and fruit and hiding them in different dishes to fool our wee ones into eating healthily. Right away I was intrigued. Could this work, is it worth all the steaming, pureeing, freezing, hiding hassle? So yes, I was intrigued, but honestly not intrigued enough to buy the book.
Well fast forward to Christmas and "Merry Christmas" Spencer got me that book for a Christmas present. I casually flipped through it and was aghast at the pages upon pages of...kitchen tools you need to steam,kitchen tools you need to puree, kitchen tools you need to prepare, storage things you need, how to's on getting fresh fruits and veggies, pantry items to always have on stock (which there seemed to be an inordinate amount of whole wheat bread crumbs, flaxseed meal, etc). AHHH! This is never going to happen. I was sure I would have to take out a 2nd mortgage to pay for the luxury of making sure my kids were nutritionally balanced. So a flip switched and I decided maybe it could wait a couple more years and hundreds of more pay checks.
Soon enough the dark clouds parted and my mood improved. So this week during our grocery shopping trip I grabbed some "preferred" veggies and fruits for steaming. I even made out a recipe list to include these specific pureed foods. After a couple more days of doubting I could actually do this...I finally took a morning and just buckled down.Much to my surprise, it was really EASY. I cleaned, cut up, steamed, pureed, stored, and froze my variety of fresh and yes canned and frozen (don't tell the author) fruits and veggies. I steamed fresh cauliflower and carrots. I roasted sweet potatoes. I opened a can of pineapple and a bag of frozen spinach. Then I pulled out the handy dandy magic bullet and proceed to pulverize every single thing. Each one got nicely dumped into a labeled freezer bag and then put in the chest freezer. THEN I was done...really? I was done. Yes Ma'am!
So I had let myself believe that preparing this stuff was going to be difficult, but it was anything but. Now I can proudly pat myself on the back for heading one step in the right direction to proper nutrition. Now all I have to do is use this stuff in an actual recipe and pray that my kids are not taste bud astute enough to recognize my trickery. Update on that later!