Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Sneaky Chef

Talk tuesday Unfortunately, two of my four children have been found to have high cholesterol.  The other two haven't been tested yet.  I feel like a failure as a mother when I say this.  I decided to get myself tested because many of my immediate family also has high cholesterol.  Luckily for me, my test came back normal.  I do make a lot of effort trying to feed my family well.  We rarely eat out, and I never fry the food we eat at home.  (Except for the occasional Laura's things)  But I am reevaluating what we eat and how I can make it better. 

The sneaky chef
This week I am trying something new.  My recipes for this week's dinners will be from "The Sneaky Chef."  It's about hiding vegetables in food so your children will never know what they ate.  I'm not above deceiving my children!  In fact, I find great amusement in it!  Try it, you'll like it!

So, this week I am serving:
IQ Tuna Patties (with white beans, and wheat germ)
Pigs In Healthy Blankets (wheat germ, wheat flour, carrots, and sweet potato)
Crunchy chicken Tenders (wheat germ, wheat flour, carrots, sweet potato, almonds)
Maxed Out Meatballs with my sweet & sour sauce (spinach, broccoli, peas, wheat germ)

For snacks I will also be making Cheesy Animal Crackers (almonds, wheat four, wheat germ, chickpeas) and Unbelievable Chocolate Chip Cookies (almonds, white beans, oats, wheat four, and wheat germ).

I'll let you know how these turn out and if my kids can taste the hidden vegetables.  Hopefully it'll turn out better than my Hibilly Chili!

For more talking on Tuesday check out Laura's blog.

4 comments:

Emma Hughes said...

Sneaky indeed but cool... I'm interested to know whether they notice or not ;)
the menu sounds yummy though!
Happy TAT

Jason said...

How do KIDS have high cholesterol? I had no idea kids could have high cholesterol.
I love this Sneaky Chef idea. I've been sneaking wheatgerm into recipes for a long time now. Nobody ever knows.
As for me and my cholesterol....GOOD NEWS! Five years ago it was 205 (borderline high--the cutoff is 200), then two years ago it dropped to 198. And as of my last test, two weeks ago, I have successfully dropped it to 180!!! Whoo-hoo! Yay me!
I attibute it to eating almonds nearly every day, and eating whole grain breads and crackers. Along with that I limit my meats and eggs. And of course, I get those 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in.

Noelle said...

I would be happy to send you free samples of veggie enriched frozen entrees from Full Tank Foods to see if your kids can taste the difference! Check it out: www.fulltankfoods.com

Kimberly said...

Have you tried the Jessica Seinfeld cookbook? It is called Deceptively Delicious and it's kid friendly (and adult friendly) food with all sorts of good for you stuff. I like it a lot.
Here's the link...
http://www.amazon.com/Deceptively-Delicious-Simple-Secrets-Eating/dp/0061251348/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216792283&sr=8-2
I didn't know that they tested kids' cholesterol. Who knew.

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