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It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?

As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with ...

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Overview

It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?

As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear–out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.

But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long–term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.

Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy–to–read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.

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Author Jessica Seinfeld is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, but don't expect her to be extolling the virtues of Ovaltine, Snapple, Junior Mints, and other Seinfeld staples. Jessica is on a far more serious mission: She wants your kids to eat healthy, even if you have to trick them into good nutrition. To achieve this praiseworthy goal, she shows how fail-safe kid-friendly meals can be stealthily enhanced to include the veggies that growing bodies need. This well-researched book is no mere celebrity cookbook. Seinfeld worked with a nutritionist and a professional chef to produce nearly 100 meals for children (and adults) of all ages. A bounty of tasty healthfulness.
Redbook Magazine
“Just when you’d abandoned all hope of ever convincing your kids to eat their carrots, here comes Jessica Seinfeld.”
Cookie magazine
“Seinfeld’s recipes were written with determined simplicity.”
Cookie Magazine
"Seinfeld’s recipes were written with determined simplicity."
Redbook Magazine
“Just when you’d abandoned all hope of ever convincing your kids to eat their carrots, here comes Jessica Seinfeld.”
Cookie magazine
“Seinfeld’s recipes were written with determined simplicity.”
Publishers Weekly

Seinfeld, mother of three and wife of comedian Jerry, devised an elegant plan: puree fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into kid friendly dishes like Mac & Cheese (cauliflower or beans); Chicken Nuggets (broccoli); Chocolate Cake (beets). The recipes blend nutrition into a meal and harmony into mealtime. Seinfeld writes that mealtime should be about "happiness and conversation" not about "power struggles and strife," and her plan diminishes nagging. Although her program is easy, Seinfeld is honest about the need for shortcuts and offers some good ones. The nutritional breakdown of each vegetable/fruit featured in the recipes is valuable. While some parts smack of self-promotion (she encourages parents to share her recipes with other parents), Seinfeld does supplement her recipes with sound tips for learning to say no to junk when kids ask, encouraging conversation, getting children to participate in prep and cleaning, and developing age-appropriate eating habits. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061767937
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 52,602
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the founder and president of Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York's families in need. She is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, with whom she has three children. This is her first book.

Jessica Seinfeld es la fundadora y presidenta de Baby Buggy, una organización sin fines de lucro que provee ropa y equipamiento a familias necesitadas de Nueva York. Es la esposa de Jerry Seinfeld, con quien tiene tres hijos. Este es su primer libro.

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Brownies
(WI T H CARROT AND SPINACH)
These brownies fool everyone! You won’t believe how scrumptious they are (or how good they are for you) until you make them yourself. Just don’t serve them warm—it’s not until they’re completely cool that the spinach flavor totally disappears.

Prep: 15 minutes • Total: 55 minutes • Makes 12 brownies • Packable

Nonstick cooking spray
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
1/2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 to seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
3. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.

These brownies are low in calories (only 133 per brownie) and saturated fat. They’re also packed with 3 grams of fiber (which is just crazy for a brownie!), while spinach and carrots provide two powerful antioxidants that help your kids’ eyes stay healthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Excellent, but not perfect

    First, I want to address those people who think 1/2 cup per recipe of pureed vegetables is not doing any good: You're plain wrong. When vegetables are pureed it breaks down the plant cell walls, which helps release MORE vitamins than you could injest if you ate them raw. Second, pureed vegetables are CONCENTRATED, so you get much more nutritional bang for your buck--have you ever seen how much fresh spinach it takes to make a 1/2 cup of pureed spinach? Third, isn't something better than nothing? The more vitamins you get your kids--and self--to eat, the better. Next, to all of the self-righteous you're-a-bad-parent-if-your-kids-won't-eat-fresh-veggies-people out there: You're also plain wrong. First, I DO always have fresh or lighlty cooked veggies at every meal. I am not--nor do I think anyone else is--using these recipes as a substitute for general healthy eating. Second, we're all just doing the best we can as parents to raise healthy children, and I think we should each do what works for us and our children. Last, I think the majority of the recipes are DELICIOUS! I have tried over a dozen of the recipes, and the only minor complaint I have is that some of the cake-type baked goods are more dense than their traditional counterparts. With that said, I absolutely LOOOOOVE the chicken nuggets--I think they're best with the broccoli puree. The blueberry oatmeal bars are also divine. As a final note, I can always get my kids to eat the desserts, but I haven't been as lucky with the entrees. Still, if my kids are eating desserts that are healthful, instead of the usual nutrient-void fare out there, then I don't have much to complain about.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    disappointing recipes...

    i love to cook and usually take recipes and doctor them to my family's liking. i don't think it's a big deal to toss in some 'special' ingredients into foods. the concept behind this book makes sense but it's certainly not new. my problem with it however, is that the recipes are terrible. nothing about tossing in a few healthy ingerdients says that it also has to taste bad. i've returned the book but have done some reseach and found that the 'sneaky chef' is a much better book with better and more favorful recipes. i have to admit the only reason i bought deceptively delicious was because so many people were talking about it. the ideas and concepts are good tips to have, the recipes are not.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Good and easy cooking

    Deceptively delicious was easy to use and has great recipes. Even after my daughter discovered the "secret" ingredients she loved the flavor. I have not made anything from the cookbook that wasn't good. The recipes definintely helps to get in all servings of fruits and vegetables recommended per day. I would recommend this cookbook for all levels of culinary accomplishment.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Delicious Deceptions

    After reading many bad reviews on this book I was leery of buying it. I borrowed it from my local library. I was actually very surprised at how good it really was. I do not understand the poor ratings.
    My family has tried:
    **Pita Pizzas (Very good, but found the spinach puree to be a little runny - will correct next time we make it)
    **Deviled Eggs (Always loved in our house)
    **"Buttered" Noodles (Kids didn't like the way it looked, and that is often half the battle. They DID eat it, and didn't complain once they had tasted it, but didn't ask for seconds or compliment it either. Will make this again, but only on occasion)
    **Greek Dip (Rave Reviews all around, HUGE hit. Kids loved it with both veggies and tortilla chips!)
    **Avocado Spread (Another HUGE hit at my house. Kids said it was almost as good as my homemade healthy guacamole... all it was missing was the tomatoes! So we added some!)

    I think the key to success with this book is to start with things from it you would normally eat anyway. Things like Mac-n-Cheese that has added healthy foods (we don't eat that in our house, so I never tried it). I also think it helps if the kids already eat relatively healthy. I don't think a junk food junky is going to find reform within the pages of this book or any other. Start them out healthy and then add to it with these recipes.
    Side note: Some of the recipes in this book are rather high on calories in my opinion, but to figure out the nutrition info you have to find a site you can input the whole recipe into! Rather tedious and frustrating. The next printing should include nutrition info since this book is all about making meals more nutritious. Just my 2 cents.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Deceptively Delicious

    I bought this for my daughter because her children will not eat vegetables and are very picky eaters. She prepares the veggies in advance and bags them for use at any time and she says her kids are eating a lot of these recipes. I guess we will all do whatever we can to make sure our kids get the proper foods.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Great ideas

    I love the recipes in this book - especially the Blueberry Granola Bars. It also gives you great ideas on updating your own recipes. I like to use pureed pumpkin instead of oil.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    Deceptively Delicious

    This book is amazing. My husband wont eat any veggies or fruits. This book has been a wonderful help in keeping my husband healthy, even though he doesn't know I'm "lacing his food" with vitamins!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    This is a MUST HAVE for busy parents!!

    I am a work-at-home mom of a 2 year old, and I am constantly struggling with his (and my own) picky eating. The combination of this with not having the time and energy to prepare the healthy meals that I so want to serve to my family makes life in my kitchen less than fun! This book is SO easy to use - my grocery lists are shorter, the meals are healthier, and my time in the kitchen is actually fun and productive! The meals are surprisingly SO TASTY and are a hit with my whole family. I wish I hadn't waited so long to buy it - go out and buy it TODAY!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Great Cookbook

    Deceptively Delicious is a good resource for getting more vegetables in your child's diet. The basic concept is simple: steam fresh vegetables, puree, freeze and store, then insert into foods your children like (pasta, chick nuggets, etc.) It isn't a substitute for serving vegetables, but as any parent knows a veggie battle isn't for every meal, and this is a way to ensure good nutrition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Some good ideas...

    Jessica Seinfeld presented a number of good ideas in her book. I think the book will be very useful for many mothers. When you compare this book to Sneaky Chef you will notice that Sneaky Cheff has more interesting receipes. The recipes in this book are not really very much children oriented. However, I like the Deceptively Delicious idea of making fruit purees instead of fruit juices as suggested in the other book. But overall, if you really have to trick your children to make them eat nutritious food, I think this book is worth your try.<BR/><BR/>I bought the book for a friend of mine actually as I do not have any problem serving veggies to my daughter. I think it is very important to properly guide the children from the very beginning and not to make them dependent on sweets, pop drinks, etc. Unlike most of her friends my daughter does not like coke (can you believe it?) and most of the junk food that I see other children are enjoying so much. I also think that very important is proper food combination as described in the book "Can We Live 150" -- a perfect addition to this book. I follow the author's advice to the letter and with great results so far.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    My Son with Autism LOVES these recipes!

    My 4 year old son has autism and is sometimes BEYOND finicky. Texture and just how some foods look can send him into a fit at the table. The first recipe I tried was the mac-n-cheese. Although he ate about 12 bites, he still told me it was yucky. However, I found out why. It didn't LOOK like the mac-n-cheese he was used to. The next time I made it, I just did the boxed version and added the cauliflower to it - he ate it up no question and no complaint. I not only use Jessica's recipes but also incorporate the purees into my own recipes as well. His favorite so far are the Pita Pizza's, and we both just enjoyed the pancakes with Sweet Potatoes for our Sunday breakfast. Last night we tried the tacos with butternut squash and my husband thought the tacos tatsted even better with the puree mixed in. We're all eating healthier now and I'm thrilled to be getting some vegetables into my son, even if I have to sneak for a bit. I highly recommend this book to any parent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Great book

    Both of Jessica's cookbooks are wonderful. We enjoy the recipes and everything is delicious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    It has a lot of creative ways to get different kinds of fruits a

    It has a lot of creative ways to get different kinds of fruits and vegetable into your kids meals. I only know of a few kids who actually eat plain vegetables the way adults do, the rest of us have to try our best to get them to eat them. I've made and tried quite a few recipes in this book and was surprised on how tasty they were. Some recipes take a little too long to prepare, but you have to look at the long term effect ... your children. I really like the chocolate chip cookies ... who would of thought they were made w/chick peas!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Love this book!!!!

    The recipes are amazing. Everybody in my family just gobbles up the food that I make out of this book! I have had many requests for recipes after people have tried my food.There are also many helpful parenting tips for the dinner table as well. Thanks Jessica Seinfield!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Disappointed

    I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah and was inspired to try to get my children off peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets every day. I went to my local library and borrowed both this book along with The Sneaky Chef. I was very disappointed with this book. The Sneaky Chef's recipes seemed much more appealing and were much easier to make. I am glad I thought to borrow from the library before purchasing this. This book has been returned, however I did purchase The Sneaky Chef from Barnes & Noble!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Love it!!

    Absolutely love it! The kids have no idea I've added nutrition to there favorite standby meals. Once you get the stock of puree in your freezer it's a piece of cake. At first I cheated and bought a few jars of baby food but that would be too expensive to do consistantly. Do it yourself is much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Very practical to have on I-Phone

    I woudn't recommend this to those who haven't seen the actual book since the e-book version has no photographs of the recipes, but once you're familiar with the pictures it's great to have this as an e-book. I have it as an e-book on my I-phone, which works great for when I'm grocery shopping. I just choose the recipes I want to do that week and I make sure I get the ingredients listed. Then I take my I-phone with me into the kitchen and follow the recipes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

    Good Cookbook

    I have tried several recipes from this book. First I made the mac n' cheese. My kids had no idea there was cauliflower in it. However, their favorite was the chocolate chip cookies wth chick-peas in them. These recipes are very good and get kids to eat their vegatables without knowing their are eating them. (I am not a very good veggie eater either. So this book is good for me as well!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    I love this book!

    I got this for Mother's Day and I love it!
    We are eating more veggies already.
    I'm nervous about the veggie dessert recipes but I'm going to try them eventually.
    Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Very "smart" book!! Great recipes!

    I wasn't sure these recipes would taste good and fool my very picky daughter but the ones I tried were great and she never new she was eating something healthy! I can't wait to try more of these smart recipes.
    I would definatly recommend this book to anyone with kids. Even if they aren't picky eaters...these recipes ensure that the whole family will get their daily vegetables.
    Love, love, love this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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