The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals

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Parents will do almost anything to get their kids to eat healthier, but unfortunately, they’ve found that begging, pleading, threatening, and bribing don’t work. With their patience wearing thin, parents will “give in” for the sake of family peace, and reach for “kiddie” favorites-often nutritionally inferior choices such as fried fish sticks, mac n’ cheese, Pop-sicles, and cookies. Missy Chase Lapine, former publisher of Eating Well magazine, faced the same challenges with her two young daughters, and she ...
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Overview


Parents will do almost anything to get their kids to eat healthier, but unfortunately, they’ve found that begging, pleading, threatening, and bribing don’t work. With their patience wearing thin, parents will “give in” for the sake of family peace, and reach for “kiddie” favorites-often nutritionally inferior choices such as fried fish sticks, mac n’ cheese, Pop-sicles, and cookies. Missy Chase Lapine, former publisher of Eating Well magazine, faced the same challenges with her two young daughters, and she sought a solution. Now in The Sneaky Chef, Lapine presents over 75 recipes that ingeniously disguise the most important superfoods inside kids’ favorite meals. With the addition of a few simple make-ahead purees or clever replacements, (some may surprise you!) parents can pack more fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants in their kids’ foods. Examples of “Sneaky” recipes include: No Harm Chicken Parm Power Pizza Incognito Burritos Guerilla Grilled Cheese Brainy Brownies Health-by-Chocolate Cookies Quick fixes for Jell-O(R)
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  • Missy Chase Lapine
    Missy Chase Lapine  

What People Are Saying

Vicki Lansky
"Here are lots of good ideas and recipes that will work for you if you are at wits end."--(Vicki Lansky, author of FEED ME I'M YOURS)
Nancy Samalin
"The Sneaky Chef offers frustrated parents a simple, practical solution to getting their kids to eat healthier food."--(E52, best-selling author of LOVING WITHOUT SPOILING)
Rob Rosenthal
"Missy Chase Lapine is not only the best at what she does, she's the only one who does it"--(Rob Rosenthal, KitchenMC)
Chef Daniel Boulud
"The Sneaky Chef is a brilliant and timely concept."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762430758
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/4/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 225,992
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Missy Chase Lapine is the creator of the Sneaky Chef series of books, including New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. The Sneaky Chef and Sneaky Fitness books have inspired not only families around the country, but have established a whole new healthy eating and lifestyle brand category.
 
Missy is a member of Parenting Magazine’s team of experts, the “Mom Squad,” a panel of high-profile experts. She has been a cooking instructor at New York’s finest culinary schools, and serves on the New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Advisory Council and the Health Sciences Advisory Council of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia. Missy has an ongoing commitment to the Food Bank for Westchester and is also a Curator for the members-only shopping site, OpenSky.com. Missy actively engages the public through her state-of-the-art consumer friendly website, www.TheSneakyChef.com.

Missy is the former publisher of Eating Well magazine and is the founder of BabySpa, a natural baby product line. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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Recipe

Brainy Brownies

30 kid-sized

INGREDIENTS

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Purple Puree (see recipe below)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Flour Blend (see recipe below)
1/4 cup rolled oats, ground in a food processor
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Butter or non-stick cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Butter or spray only the bottom, not the sides, of a 13-by- 9-inch or 9-inch square baking pan.

Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water (or in a microwave, checking every 15 seconds). Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool a bit.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, stir together the eggs, vanilla, sugar, and Purple Puree (see recipe below).

In a mixing bowl, stir together Flour Blend (see recipe below), cocoa powder, oats, and salt. Add this to the chocolate mixture and blend thoroughly. Mix in the chopped walnuts, if using, then pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting the brownies and use a plastic or butter knife. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Keeps for a week in the refrigerator, covered tightly.


PURPLE PUREE

30 kid-sized

INGREDIENTS

3 cups raw baby spinach leaves (or 2 cups frozen chopped spinach, or frozen chopped collard greens)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no syrup or sugar added)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3-4 tablespoons water

DIRECTIONS

If using raw spinach, thoroughly wash it, even if the package says “prewashed.” Bring spinach or collards and water to boil in a medium pot. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

If using frozen blueberries, quickly rinse them under cold water to thaw a little, and then drain.

Fill the bowl of your food processor with the blueberries and cooked spinach, (or collards) along with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water, and puree on high until as smooth as possible. Stop occasionally to push top contents to bottom. If necessary, add the rest of the water to make a fairly smooth puree.

This amount of spinach and blueberries makes only about 1 cup of puree. Double the recipe if you want to store another cup of the puree. It will store in the refrigerator up to 2 days, or you can freeze 1/4 cup portions in sealed plastic bags or small plastic containers.

Combine this purple egg mixture with the cooled chocolate mixture.


FLOUR BLEND

30 kid-sized

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose, unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ, unsweetened

DIRECTIONS

Combine the flours and wheat germ in a bowl. This blend can be stored in a sealed, labeled plastic bag for months.

Sneaky Tip: If you can find whole grain “pastry flour” in your market, use this in place of both the white and whole wheat flours. Then add the wheat germ to the pastry flour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    When you boil, puree, and heat again, the nutrients disappear!

    I'm not sure where the common sense in this book is. It probably disappeared with all the nutrients and vitamins! If you take spinach, for example, and boil it, puree it, and then heat it again in a 350 degree oven (as it calls for in the brownie recipe) it's no longer the nutrient packed power vegetable you had when you began. The brownie recipe is delicous, but when you look at it from a nutritous standpoint, it still has 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 8 oz chocolate, not exactly what I want my three year old eating. Processing foods in the way this book recommends sucks most of the vitamins and minerals right out, while giving the parents a false sense that their children are eating better. It also creates a lot more work, and what parent needs that? I'd rather continue to set a good example at the dinner table by serving nutrious and delicous foods, and save her from all the extra calories. Kids will come around eventually without making the dinner table a battle ground. By the way, my child would not touch salad, but after serving it several times, seeing my husband and I enjoying it, she now eats it no problem!

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Loved this book!

    I have two children, 4 and 5 yrs old. They are both extremely picky eaters who would be happy eating nothing more than peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets every day. I borrowed this book along with Deceptively Delicious from my local library. I found the recipes in this book to be both more appealing and easier to make and was pleasantly surprised that my children loved the food. I will be returning both books to the library and going straight to buy this one! Also, as far as the reviewer who commented on boiling out the nutrients, you can just as easily steam the vegetables before pureeing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Loved This Book!

    Missy Chase Lapine has really hit the mark on The Sneaky Chef. I bought this book after taking Jessica Seinfeld's 'Deceptively Delicious' out of the library. I found it much easier to use than DD because Lapine has basic purees to make ahead of time and to keep on hand. The recpies are also AMAZING. You cannot tell that any of them have healthy ingredients hidden in them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Good Choice

    I've heard some strong opinions about this book being about deceiving own children and that no matter what good intention a mother has, she should never deceive her own children. Although this could be a good ground for a longer discussion about ethics, here are some points that, in my opinion, make `Sneaky Chef' a good buy:<BR/><BR/>1. Children only eat what they find attractive to their eyes and their taste buds. Any reasoning about food nutritional value is blocked and absolutely ignored. So if you have a case of a child absolutely abhorring vegetables then the only way to make vegetables a part of daily meals, is to sneak them in to the dish under some disguise.<BR/>2. Any reasoning about nutrition is simply not possible in case of small children. It's better to feed them now with the help of Sneaky Chef and teach them later to eat more variety of foods.<BR/>3. Many of the recipes provided by the author are also very useful in case of stubborn adults who, like big children, are only guided by the physical appeal of meals rather then by their nutritional content.<BR/>4. In the first part of the book the author provided a lot of valuable information about selecting the proper ingredients for making meals, about organic foods, as well as about food contamination, etc.<BR/>5. The variety of healthy food recipes in this book is tremendous!<BR/>6. Last, but not least, the meals are tasty and appealing to the eye.<BR/><BR/>`Sneaky Chef' is a great book for anyone who makes his or her meals at home, not only for mothers concerned about properly feeding their children. I also suggest reading about proper food combination in "Can We Live 150 Years -- Your Body Maintenance Manual". I highly recommend this book for all people concerned about healthy life style and longevity.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2009

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    picky eater husband??

    my husband is not fussy so this book was not as helpful to me as it might be for others.
    we saw missy in real life and her ideas and concepts to make food healthier are wonderful.
    you truly can disguise some added nutrition into foods as she suggests without much difficulty.

    would highly recommend this idea for kids (see her other books)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Pretty Good Book

    I got the book because I have 2 girls under the age of 2, and while the younger one hasn't moved to solids yet, the older one has, and is very particular about everything in her life right now, including her foods. I like to try different methods to get her to eat veggies, but most the time she finds them and spits them out. So, I liked the idea of mixing it in so that she has to eat the dish, veggies included, or not eat at all. So, as far as that part of the book is concerned I really like it. Easy to follow as long as you do a little prep work and freeze the purees.
    I also really appreciate that she tells you why she chose certain purees for certain dishes. She gives you the health benefits of the purees as well as tips on making and mixing your own.
    As far as the sneaky part, I totally disagree (hence the 4 stars). I tell my little girl that I added veggies and say, "Doesn't that taste so good?" I figure if I can get her to understand from the start that she really does like the taste of things with veggies mixed in, then maybe in the future she will be more willing to try them on their own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    Worth Every Penny

    I know that setting a good example and introducing your children to a variety of foods is best, but there are some days that just does not happen. If all the peas end up on the floor, and the carrots go to the dog, then this cookbook is your fall-back. Want a sure fire way to get your kids to eat some carrots and sweet potatoes, mix the puree in with their mac-n-cheese. Some days you have to pick your battles, and if they want pancakes for breakfast, then by all means give them ones with spinach and blueberries. The recipes are good for grownups too, who don't always eat what they should. It's not that much work to make the purees, and every little bit helps when it comes to nutrition.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    I think this book offers parents a great way to help make kid friendly food healthier. Most of the recipes are traditionally not healthy foods but this is a way to help add a little extra veggies to it. As a parent it helps me feel a little better about the things my daughter eats. This does not mean that I will stop offering her veggies that aren't mixed into her food. I still want her to eat veggies on their own but this is a easy way to get her to eat some without the fights at every meal.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Great book

    This is a very informative book and has great ideas to get your children to eat veggies and fruits in their foods. I have both this and deceptively Delicious and I would recommend this one over the other one if you ahve to choose 1. The other one is good also but this one has more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    My 3 year old picky toddler loves these recipes!!

    So I was very excited but also a tad skeptical. Since purchasing I've made numerous recipes from this book and my toddler has eaten all of them without suspecting. (my husband also enjoys them). One of the controversies of the book is the small amount of purée they may be getting per serving however the recipes not only include the nutritious puree but they include lots of other healthy ingredients plus cuts down signifigantly on the fat and sugar! I've been making the snacks, lunches and dinners. I see a positive behavioral change in my son that I didn't even expect. I can attain it to the book and cookies with a third less sugar than store bought and whole grain ingredients. Worth the purchase!!! (purée and freeze as she suggests!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    I own this book and "Deceptively Delicious," and I hav

    I own this book and &quot;Deceptively Delicious,&quot; and I have found
    &quot;Sneaky Chef&quot; more useful. Not only it has good recipes, but
    also alternatives for &quot;boosting up&quot; the nutritional content of
    not-so-great foods, such as boxed mac n' cheese (one of my girls simply
    loves this stuff!) Although my children eat some fruits and veggies, I
    still try these recipes. I love revealing the &quot;mystery
    ingredient&quot; after a satisfying meal. My children get excited about
    eating healthy -- even if they end up having a teaspoon of sweet potato
    in their portion! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Works!

    I bought this book in hopes (and prayers) that it would help me to get some sort of nutritional food into my kiddo who has been refusing just about everything here lately.
    It DID work, but it took me about 1.8 billion forevers to cook some of this stuff. It helped to buy the baby food purees and mix them by cutting down prep time a bit, but still took a while. I suggest this book, but I also suggest The Speedy Sneaky Chef if you dont have all day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    It works!

    I love the psychology behind her methods. I've tried everything to try to get my two year old to eat more veggies. She was even starting to turn her nose up to mashed potatoes. So I started with the mashed potato recipe and she was eating it out of the pot before I could serve her a plate. And even though she mostly ate the potatoes for dinner, I didn't worry because it secretly had zucchini and cauliflower, two things she would never try because they're "yucky!" Anyway, it's easy to follow and has ended the begging and pleading to "please eat your vegetables." Less stress for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for H

    very sneaky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Wonderful recipes!

    This book was a lifesaver! The recipes were easy to follow and were a huge hit with our toddler!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great concept!

    I like that she has good ideas for enhancing basic recipes like mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and spaghetti sauce because if the book required me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen following recipes and making new entrees, I wouldn't use it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Wonderful, Easy and Fun to use

    This book is great for people who are not necessarily gourmet cooks and are busy but want to cook healthy meals for their families. We received it as a gift with the birth of our first baby and during my maternity leave I have tried many of the recipes. Although our little daughter is not old enough to try anything out yet, my willing husband was and so far everything is a hit!!! It changes the way you think about cooking and you find yourself experimenting with the additions in other dishes, not just the ones in the book. All of the recipes are quick and easy too. I am buying a copy to send to my aunt who has picky eaters and I think this will be my new baby shower gift dujour!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Excellent recipes - awful ebook formatting!

    Missy is a hero at our house, helping me create delicious and healthy food for my extremely fussy eaters. I don't know how I ever cooked without her methods. However, this ebook is atrocious! What good is a cookbook if you can't Find the recipe you want to make for dinner? I shouldn't have to flip through every page just to find the one item I need. They should have put more work into this format before releasing it. I want my money back so I can go buy the real deal and actually USE this book! If this was all you ever saw of her work, you would not recommend this to friends or buy her other books. If I were Missy, I would be hopping mad.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Great book!

    This book is a great find for picky men! At first I wanted to keep my guy in the know about the foods that I was "sneaking" him, but he told me that he'd rather not know. The food tasted really good and thats all he needed. And I feel great knowing that he's getting proper nourishment. Some of these recipes do need tweaking, but most cookbooks are like that for me. This is definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen! I'm actually going to buy her other book (the one aimed toward children) for more recipes. Even I still enjoy a good Mac'n'Cheese!

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