The Sneaky Chef

Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals

Lapine, Missy Chase

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sneaky Chef
Parents will do almost anything to get their kids to eat healthier, but unfortunately, they've found that begging, pleading, threatening, and bribing don't work. With their patience wearing thin, parents will "give in" for the sake of family peace, and reach for "kiddie" favorites-often nutritionally inferior choices such as fried fish sticks, mac n' cheese, Pop-sicles, and cookies. Missy Chase Lapine, former publisher of Eating Well magazine, faced the same challenges with her two young daughters, and she sought a solution. Now in The Sneaky Chef , Lapine presents over 75 recipes that ingeniously disguise the most important superfoods inside kids' favorite meals. With the addition of a few simple make-ahead purees or clever replacements, (some may surprise you!) parents can pack more fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants in their kids' foods. Examples of "Sneaky" recipes include: No Harm Chicken Parm Power Pizza Incognito Burritos Guerilla Grilled Cheese Brainy Brownies Health-by-Chocolate Cookies Quick fixes for Jell-O(R)

Publisher: Philadelphia : Running Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780762430758
Branch Call Number: 641.5622 L313s 2007
Characteristics: 271 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm


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Offers great recipes for mixing vegetables into other foods your kids will eat.

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Jan 29, 2011
  • alitat77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this book so much I bought it and another similar title by the author. I also own Jessica Seinfeld's book (which was featured on Oprah and famously resulted in a lawsuit between Ms. Seinfeld and Ms. Lapine, whose recipes were plagirized). I like her approach to including nutrition in foods kids think are allowing them to "break the rules". My child loves beets, broccoli, and most other healthy fruits and veggies... but she's a kid! At the end of the day, she wants to have a brownie or mac & cheese when a friend is over. And she doesn't have to know that her little indulgence is making me snicker inside because... hey, that's not a brownie. That's a spinach brownie!

Jun 25, 2010
  • EnglishTeach rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sweet potato mac and cheese is really good. My Toddler also loves the strawberry juice recipe.

Apr 30, 2009
  • Calgovin rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not a bad concept, not sure there were many recipes that my kids would enjoy - seemed to be a lot of prep work. We didn't try the recipes, but I did find some more ideas for getting the kids to eat food we already serve.

Also, half the book is recipes, the other half is how-to and background info about why to use certain ingredients.

Not enough pictures either.

Mar 29, 2008
  • pgmitch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is far superior, in my view, to the blatant rip-off book by Jessica Seinfeld. The chocolate chip cookies and the breading recipes have been particular favorites.


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Apr 30, 2009
  • Calgovin rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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