What’s Your Opinion on Sneaky Chefery?

Jenn recently tried Zap Peanut Butter, and had I known that peanut butter counts as a paste and was therefore on the do-not-fly list, I wouldn’t have gotten my sample ganked by airport security before I could try it. I’m sure I would have loved it though; any kind of peanut butter is a winner in my book. (I’m still a little curious about beets and spinach in my gooey fave, but I’ll take Jenn’s word for it.)

All kinds of products these days are sneaking in extra fiber and all kinds of goodies. And with books such as Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious and Missy Chase Lapine’s The Sneaky Chef, it seems like many of us are trying to sneak more good foods into our meals. Do you approve? —Erin

  • Whatever works. If it means getting more veggies into myself/hubby/children, I’m all for it.
  • I’ve not tried this before, but it seems bloody brilliant.
  • I keep the veggies separate. I don’t even let them touch my other foods.


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  1. Andrea says:

    I’ve been adding pureed veggies and fruits to our meals for years, and recently bought Deceptively Delicious. I think the key to balance is to also serve some veggies and fruits WITH the meal, so kids are still exposed to the textures and flavors.

    As a bonus, I don’t mind them eating cookies when they are full of whole grains, veggies and fruits!

  2. Casey says:

    I agree with the first comment. I don’t mind putting veggies, fruits, or whole grains into food without letting my kids know. However, I think that in addition to doing that, it’s important to serve all those things in a recognizable form, too. If you don’t, your kids may benefit from the hidden foods, but they won’t develop well rounded eating habits on their own.

  3. Oh She Glows says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the above comments! Sneak it in where you can but also introduce them early on.

    Wanna know a secret? I make my husband ‘spagetti sauce with ground turkey’ and it’s really veggie ground round by St Ives! LOL! He has no clue. I am evil, but a good evil, right?
    I don’t eat ground meat anymore so instead of having to make 2 seperate meals I just have to make one. I’m sure there is a special place in hell reserved for me!

  4. Tanya says:

    I’m all for whatever works! Gotta get it in however you can.

  5. weightinggame says:

    i think it is a great idea for kids who simply refuse to eat veggies. of course, we want to teach them to enjoy fruits/veggies but if they’re in a phase where they won’t open their mouths for anything except mac n cheese, why not?

  6. GroundedFitness says:

    i think its a good idea as long as you teach them about healthy eating too! just slipping it in wont teach them healthy habits for the future!

    Kelly Turner

  7. Rob says:

    If you're doing the cooking, then it's game on, as far as I'm concerned. My wife struggles with boiling water, so I do the bulk of the food prep (and cleanup, ugh!)

    But don't stop at sneaking veggies in. Sneak in other stuff too. Nobody knows that I toss in a few tablespoons of bran into the oatmeal in the mornings. And the switch from el cheapo crap frozen waffles to a store-brand that features whole wheat & flax seed went totally unnoticed too. And we drizzle a little raw honey on those waffles instead of nutritionally-void syrup. You can also easily sneak a little bran or wheat germ into anything with a creamy texture and nobody will be the wiser..

    Likewise, I've gradually migrated the family from low-fiber to high-fiber versions of nearly everything possible – pasta, bread, even pizza for those rare times when we ghetto down with frozen fare.

    And I often sneak a handful of steamed frozen veggies into sauces. While it's not really a stealthy addition, some frozen broccoli tossed in with some grilled chicken, whole-grain penne, and some jarred Alfredo sauce (cut about in half with some plain Greek yogurt to kick up the health quotient a little) is wonderful stuff.

  8. Erin says:

    Um, Rob? You’re my new hero. Thanks for the great ideas; I will definitely be trying those tips.

    And “ghetto down” is quite possibly the most fantastic phrase ever.

  9. Rob says:

    Y’know Erin, as Dede was reading my comment last night, it occurred to me that the whole “My wife struggles with boiling water…” thing was pretty darned demeaning. I was trying to be clever about being the one in our household who does most of the cooking, but it was thoughtless to do so at the expense of someone else’s feelings. And this after her recent blog post raving about her new crock pot!

    She didn’t really say much about that comment, but it’s been nagging on me today so I had to set the record straight. She’s actually pretty good in the kitchen – and been doing lots more since shifting into “Mom” mode – she’s just a very by-the-books sorta cook. But then again, I can’t balance a checkbook to save my life…

    And it’s also worth mentioning that it was Dede, not me, who bought Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious” a few months ago…