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 :)
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? :)
The delicious Mac & CheeseThe 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!
Maeve finishing off dinner with a brownie :)