Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It Worked!

Maeve's typical look before dinner- no shirt, crazy hair and eating anything in sight!

My "Deceptively Delicious" meal worked! But it took a TON of effort and cost a pretty penny... was it worth it? Of course! I am going to fall asleep tonight knowing instead of fat packed mac & cheese, we ate cauliflower packed pasta and spinach & carrot brownies. Our bellies are full and our bodies are happier! So yes, I will continue "deceiving" Ryan & Maeve :)

These are my beautiful purees :) Spinach, Cauliflower & Carrots.

The most time consuming thing BY FAR was the steaming and pureeing of veggies. But I did 3 at a time (spinach, carrots and cauliflower) and so I have enough purees for another meal this week. I also only have ONE steamer and ONE blender- so I had to do one veggie at a time. It took a good hour to steam and puree everything. But as soon as that was done, the actual meal whipped up pretty quickly. What was cool about the mac & cheese, was that the cauliflower replaced the butter and a portion of the cheese that is normally found in traditional mac & cheese. Plus one serving of the stuff holds an entire days worth of Calcium. Sweet huh? :)

My Brownies :)

The brownies were a bit difficult to make- like it was some serious baking- no boxed stuff here. AND I had to use some home ec. skills- separating egg whites! I actually did pretty good. Anyways how did everything turn out? Fabulous!

The delicious Mac & Cheese
The mac & cheese was a hit with everyone- you could taste a FAINT hint of cauliflower- but hardly... I think it was because I was looking for it, ya know? The brownies however, will only be eaten by Maeve and I. Ryan isn't a big sweets fan anyways and the thought of spinach and carrots in the brownies freaked him out a little! Also, the texture of the brownies is more like fudge- whether that was a baking mistake on my part, or thats just how these spinach/carrot brownies taste is unkown to me. The good news? They taste like chocolate, have 120 calories per bar and contain a days worth of vit. A and calcium.

Alright... it is beyond time to put Maeve to bed- goodnight all!

Meat loving daddy enjoyed it very much!

Maeve finishing off dinner with a brownie :)

She gets pretty serious about her eating :)

Look Ma! I cleared my plate!

Deceptive me :) Queen of the kitchen! For tonight anyways... :)


Anonymous said...

I bought this cookbook when it came out, I LOVE IT!!! Glad your fan too!!! Best Mac-n-Cheese ever!!!

Allison said...

What is this cookbook called and where can I find it?!?!

oh and I love the pic of Ryan as he's sorta snickering bc you just HAD to capture a candid shot of him eating your yummy healthy food!haha So funny!

Ashley said...

haha yeah Ryan wasn't too thrilled with the pic!!!

It's called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld. I got mine from TJ Maxx for 7 bucks!!!

But you can find it just about anywhere! its great! :)

Kase and Jules said...

Ash you are adorable! I want that cookbook sooooo bad!