Sunday, November 4, 2007

Deceptively Evil Genius

I was taught at an early age how to cook and mostly from scratch. I loved it. The measuring, the mixing, the stirring, the letting my mom clean up the mess afterwards. And I would dream of the day that I would be cooking for my very own family and they would love everything I made.

Fast forward about a decade. A typical menu for any given day consists of frozen waffles, Kraft Easy Mac, instant potatoes, pb&j in a bowl, a banana or two, and an ice cream sandwich. For Maddie. Believe me, I know how terrible it is.

How did it get to this point? It's true- I blame Justin for a lot of it. But there is also the convenience factor. And the fact that Maddie is 3 and is just as stubborn as her dad about veggies.

I borrowed Deceptively Delicious from a friend. I saw her on Oprah and really wanted to try some of her recipes. And this book is chock full of them. But none that include instant potatoes, easy mac, or salmon patties.

So I started making up my own recipes using the basic premise of hiding veggies. In overly processed food. Guess what? IT WORKS!!! Butternut squash goes really well in pancake mix and Easy Mac. I had to tell Maddie that her pancakes were orange because it was fall, but that was her only concern with it. When it is pureed and stirred in with the other cheese, it looks just like the goo that becomes Kraft Easy Mac. But the real test came tonight.

Mashed potatoes and salmon patties. I added almost a cup of cooked, finely pureed cauliflower to the mashed potatoes. Chopped broccoli went in the salmon patties. I was scared. What if it's terrible? They might never trust me to make a decent meal again. What if Justin sees the broccoli? Oh, I feel so bad about this. I shouldn't lie about food. Especially to Justin. About his absolute favorite meal. I'll never do this again. Never. Ever.

I GOT HUGS, PEOPLE!!! And I'm doing it again tomorrow.

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Adrienne and Jim said...

I love reading your posts!! Congratulations on getting Maddie and Justin to eat veggies! :) Owen would rather eat mashed potatoes too...

The stories about Maddie are hilarious!!!!

mamaw wanda said...

Hey daugher # 3--I love your stories--I could also write a few about you and our vacations. Should I???

Suburban Turmoil said...

I put cauliflower in the mashed potatoes, too, along with a lot of white cheese. It's great- and saves me from making a separate vegetable. Also try stirfry with lots of teriyaki. Yum.

Rachel said...

I do this all the time!
It kills me that I never thought to write the book! I have tons of recipes for this!!
Now, guess I still could because I could write the "real world mommy" version. :-) as opposed to her celeb mommy version.

pb&j in a bowl said...

UPDATE: just found out today that pureed cauliflower DOES NOT work in instant potatoes. But butternut squash works in spaghettio's.

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