Generally speaking, I try to force my children provide healthy meals for my four girlies.

But one, in particular, is extremely stubborn.


I’m not quite sure how she’s alive, quite frankly. No vegetables. Barely any fruit. Only cereal and the odd muffin. Oh, and bread. Yeah, pretty sad.

Not sure why she’s so picky (oh wait, yes I do. I was exactly like that as a child …) … my other girls cried because they couldn’t eat rice and broccoli while we were in Disney World. Go figure.

Introducing …Β  the Sneaky Chef.

Oh, I’m sure you have all heard about her and her cookbooks … I know I have … but last week after the water-cooler-chat-amongst-the-library-moms giving the recipes the thumbs up, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Well, it worked.

Today, Lucia ateΒ  –AND ENJOYED – the dreaded spinach, blueberries (which she doesn’t normally eat), bran & wheat germ … all hidden in the delightful, heart-shaped, candy-sprinkled (okay, so I know that part isn’t healthy) brownie.

That’s right, Lucia.

Fooled ya’.

And yes, you can have 5 more.

Recipe, please? You got it – here!!

Sidenote: This recipe was hard to make! These took forever to prepare as I had to make the puree, but now that it’s made in the freezer, I’m looking for other recipes to hide this purple healthiness in … any tips? I think it was just hard because it was my first time and it required a lot of ingredients.

Speaking of healthy …

Lovelyn. My, this baby is blowing my mind! I cannot believe how fast growing and healthy and chunky she is! Her nickname is Chunky Lovelyn now. She may not look overly chunky but compared to all my other babies, Lovelyn is the biggest so far! Gooo, Love!

March 3, 2011 - 10:03 pm

Kathy I have also used purple puree very successfully in the taco recipe. PS you are so busted! I can’t believe you didn’t tell me you tried it!

February 25, 2011 - 11:39 am

Tabitha *LOVE* Lucia’s eyes in that photo!! And Lovelyn – sooooo cute!

February 24, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Lori I can honestly say that your “Chunky Lovelyn” is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever met! She just gets cuter and cuter!

February 23, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Jenn I have been using Sneaky Chef for awhile! I love it and the kids don’t know the difference πŸ™‚

February 23, 2011 - 10:49 am

Amy Rasmussen-Harry I use the deceptively Delicious cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. My husband and 2 older children don’t like veggies. So I hide all different kinds of vggies in different foods they love. I am glad that Lucia likes her muffins.

February 23, 2011 - 7:25 am

Shannon I too use The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious!!! Lucia and Violet have the same eating habits. I’ve yet to try the brownies – they sure look good! My favorite recipe is cauliflower and zucchini hidden in Mac n cheese!! Makes youbfeel better about giving it to your kids! Lol

February 22, 2011 - 11:28 pm

Amy The sneaky chef cookbook is great! I also just got the Eat Clean for family cookbook and it is great as well. I recently made pancakes with cottage cheese (kids loved them and asked for more!) and carrot apple muffins ( with sweet potato puree!). I love hiding food. Nora is my rabbit and will eat anything except protein….. but the boys….. quite the opposite. Have fun and let me know what other new and wonderfull recipes you’ve tried!

February 22, 2011 - 11:03 pm

Grandma Gerr Awesome! Lucia eating! x

February 22, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) Have you tried the Black Bean brownies yet? I have the recipe if you would like it. Very chocolatey!!
Yes, you were a very picky child … and we have always said that Lucia is your side of the family πŸ™‚
Enjoy the journey of finding interesting ways to fool her LOL

February 22, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Tanya Yay!! It’s so frustrating and a bit worrisome when our kids are so picky! My 2yo is the same. I love the idea behind those cookbooks. I tried the cauliflower puree in mac&cheese before and it worked too πŸ™‚ {You’re right though, it’s a lot of work at the outset}. Score for momma!
Precious growing baby πŸ™‚