We finally started making some of the pureed veggies from Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. I’ve heard some debate about this method of getting more vegetables into a person’s diet. The main complaint I’ve heard is that it’s not right to trick kids into eating vegetables, and adults should use their time and energy to help kids grow to love real vegetables. But if you take a look at both of Seinfeld’s cookbooks, you’ll see that she’s not just turning summer squash into Twinkies – she’s written diverse recipes that will appeal to both cautious and adventurous eaters, and all of the creations result in ‘real’ food. We can offer our families fresh carrot sticks, and we can supplement a batch of spaghetti sauce with carrot puree – or maybe I should say, we can have our carrot cake and eat it too 🙂
The purees are made from steamed or roasted vegetables, and so far it’s been easy to do. We don’t have a food processor, but our trusty blender is up to the task. We steamed and pureed a lot of spinach today. We’re freezing most of it in cubes, to use in future recipes.
We mixed half a cup of the very-smooth spinach puree with greek yogurt, mint extract, and chocolate chips, then froze the mixture. We made the recipe together, so the kids were fully aware that they were eating mint-chip-spinach-ice cream, not the real deal. And they loved it! When B. tasted it, her first word was, “Lishish!” S. is not a spinach lover, while B. actually ate spoonfuls of the plain spinach puree – so this recipe worked for both palates.
I have to add that it actually tastes like mint-chip frozen yogurt – if you prefer the taste and texture of real ice cream, you could experiment with blending the ingredients with vanilla ice cream.
Tomorrow, we’re making summer squash, butternut squash, and sweet potato purees! Both kids are very interested in the process, and like to help run the blender.