Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I've Seen the Light!

I'll never look at food the same again! How can I ever eat "regular" pancakes from now on? Okay, it's not that serious, but I did have a major paradigm shift today.

Normally I have to remind Matt to put vegetables on his plate, and I usually don't even fight my boys. Now we can finally have vegetables in the Jones house! I'm so excited thanks to Jackie and the sneaky chef!! My friends have been talking about The Sneaky Chef for quite some time now and today I finally made the golden pancakes that I've been wanting to try for forever (since we often eat pancakes for breakfast).

My friend, Jackie, put together a little taste test trial for park day today and all the food was great! Using the orange puree I made pancakes with carrots and sweet potatoes that Sethy gave his "mmm mmm" approval for. I would only suggest one difference in making the puree. I grated the carrots and sweet potato in my food processor and then, instead of boiling them, I steamed them in the microwave (5 1/2-6 mins) and put the steamed water back in the puree to keep most of the nutrients in it (why am I going to boil them all out?). I used a sweet potato instead of yams because sweet potatoes have less sugar and calories and more iron and protien. You cannot even taste a difference when I mixed it with my Krusteaz mix. My friend did the Deceptively Delicious pancakes which are much sweeter with yummy spices.

After realizing how EASY it is to make a puree I'll be trying some of the other ones and using them for breakfast lunch and dinner WITHOUT having to change my personal cooking style (i.e. cooking using frozen, canned, and boxed food)! Thanks again Jackie for getting me to try this!


Lisa said...

Awesome, Anne! That's great! Yes, I think those are great ideas. We're vegetable eaters, so I've never done anything like this, but that's very cool that you can get your kids to eat their now!

Oh, but Anne! Deceptively Delicious!? How could you choose that one over the original? I kinda got into that whole fiasco and lost a lot of respect for the Seinfelds. But I guess the most important thing is to give those boys some vitamins!

You go! I wonder if you can make a big batch of puree and freeze it in smaller bags for when you get sick of using the foood processor so much? (that day probably WILL come, maybe sooner than you expect...)

jonesfamily said...

Actually that day is already here, that's the only way I'll do it!

Susan said...

I'm glad you posted this, I've done stuff like this before, but not routinely, but Tyra is getting worse and worse about eating any and all fruits and veggies! (I so didn't see it coming back when she was 3 and 4 and eating everything!) I'll have to start doing this for my OLDEST'S sake, for goodness sake! But it's worth it if she gets more vitamins than our "stand-off" food battles.

Pretty stack of pancakes, btw.

Jackie Rama said...

I'm so glad you're having so much fun with this! I have had so much fun with this new cooking style that's enhanced our health and habits.

Melissa said...

So what other recipes have you tried?? Let us know if they are any good!