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Double Purees

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Hi Missy,

I have been using your cookbooks off and on for a month now and am loving the results. I have been able to get everyone to eat beans and zucchini. Things they would never eat before.

I have even been sneaking in additional purees into the foods that they are eating. Into mac and cheese I put about an 1/8 cup of either chickpea or white bean puree. They all love it and don't know it's there. In your chili recipe i put double the beans and the oats. No one was the wiser and they ate all of it. 

Thank you very much for allowing me to better the health of my family without them knowing. – Angela 

Dear Angela,

Letters like yours make me all the more passionate and committed to getting Sneaky Chef fare on every table in America! I love how you're adding even more "sneaky" to my recipes. 

Be sure to check out my website, TheSneakyChef.com, to read what I've been up to lately. And keep up the good work! Your family is lucky to have you!

Keep up the great work : )

With healthiest regards,

Missy

My new favorite “sneaky” treat – all-new Mott’s Medleys Juice. The juice comes in three flavors – Apple, Grape and Tropical and sneaks two servings of fruit and veggies into every eight ounce glass.   Plus, Mott’s Medleys works well as a substitute in many of my recipes like my Sweet Strawberry Cupcakes.  And it’s the perfect way to cool down after a Sneaky Fitness workout.  You can find all-new Mott’s Medleys at your local grocery store or click Here to find it in a store near you. 

Ingredients:
·         3 eggs
·         ¾ cup Strawberry Puree (see recipe below)
·         1 cup Mott’s Medleys Apple Flavor
·         ½ cup oat bran
·         1 box yellow cake mix
·         Pink sprinkles and pink vanilla frosting, optional
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with pink paper muffin cups.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, place all ingredients, except sprinkles, if using. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to medium speed for another 2 minutes. Using a spoon, mix 2 tablespoons of pink sprinkles into the batter. Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake for 19 to 21 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Remove and cool before frosting with strawberry or vanilla frosting with pink sprinkles.

Strawberry Puree
21⁄2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries,* no syrup or sugar added
1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons water
 
*Try to use organic strawberries, since they rank high on the “dirty dozen” list of produce most contaminated with pesticide residues.
 
Makes about 1 cup
 
Combine the strawberries, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of water in the bowl of a food processor and puree on high until as smooth as possible. Stop occasionally to push the contents to the bottom. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth out the puree. 

Strawberry Puree will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or you can freeze 1⁄4-cup portions in sealed plastic bags or small plastic containers.
 

My new favorite “sneaky” treat – all-new Mott’s Medleys Juice. The juice comes in three flavors – Apple, Grape and Tropical and sneaks two servings of fruit and veggies into every eight ounce glass.   Plus, Mott’s Medleys works well as a substitute in many of my recipes, and served alongside my delicious Sneaker Doodle cookies.  And it’s the perfect way to cool down after a Sneaky Fitness workout.  You can find all-new Mott’s Medleys at your local grocery store or click Here to find it in a store near you.

Ingredients:

·         1 egg white
·         4 tablespoons butter, softened
·         ¾ cup sugar
·         1/3 cup White Bean Puree
·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
·         1 cup Flour Blend
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         For garnish: 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper).

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white, softened butter, sugar, white bean puree, and vanilla.

In another large bowl, whisk together the Flour Blend and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well to form a soft batter. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto the baking sheets (Missy uses a melon baller sprayed with oil to dole out the dough,) leaving about 1 inch between each cookie. Pour the remaining tablespoon of sugar and cinnamon onto a plate and set aside. 

My new favorite “sneaky” treat – all-new Mott’s Medleys Juice. The juice comes in three flavors – Apple, Grape and Tropical and sneaks two servings of fruit and veggies into every eight ounce glass.   Plus, Mott’s Medleys works well as a substitute in many of my recipes like my Surprise-icles.  And it’s the perfect way to cool down after a Sneaky Fitness workout.  You can find all-new Mott’s Medleys at your local grocery store or click Here to find it in a store near you.

Ingredients:

·         ½ cup Mott’s Medleys Tropical Flavor
·         ¼ cup Orange Puree 
·         ½ cup vanilla yogurt
·         2 tablespoons sugar
·         Rainbow sprinkles, optional
 
Directions:
Blend all ingredients except sprinkles together in a blender until smooth. Drop a few sprinkles (if desired) into each popsicle mold and then pour equal amounts of the mixture in each. Insert stick, and freeze for at least 3 hours.
 

Corn Meal vs Polenta

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Hi Missy,

I would like to make the Crispy No-Fry Fries, but can\'t find cornmeal in my supermarket (I live in Australia), the shop assistant said that it was the same as polenta?  Is that right?  Thanks for you help. By the way, I made your 'Saucy' Meat Sauce tonight and the whole family loved it, my husband said that it was the best bolognaise he had ever eaten!

Dear Julie,

Glad to hear that the Bolognaise got rave reviews : ) And I'm sure you're heading to lots more culinary success with my books!

Corn meal is actually finer than polenta. If you can't find any, you could try grinding polenta in the food processor until it ressembles coarse to fine flour. 

Keep up the great work!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

One of the great perks of being the Sneaky Chef is meeting people who love food and fun as much as I do! I had a great time last week with a truly amazing group or women: Dallas' top mom bloggers. Thanks to Uncle Ben’s who brought us together, I got to connect with this bunch of passionate, energetic, fun-loving folk. We had plenty of laughs as we whipped up pizza rice balls, chocolate rice pudding, and lots more.

One of the bloggers posted this entertaining blog after the event:

“I am still toying around with the name of this post. I had to so much fun today that I just don’t know what title fits best. I met some old friends and some new friends today. It goes to show that in Texas, no one is a stranger. You would have sworn we were all family. Just check out our family photo:

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“What could bring this quirky group together? FOOD! Today, myself and a few of my blogging buddies were blessed to be able to learn how to be sneak from Missy Lapine, The Sneaky Chef. Missy showed us how to become more diverse with our cooking and with Uncle Ben’s (WHITE) Whole Grain Rice. Now me being the child of the group, I didn’t want to try anything! The thought of veggies touching these lips was unheard of and quite frankly, not gonna happen. I figured I would make the suggested recipes and then feed them to my veggie eating crumb snatchers at home. My kids love veggies but me on the other hand, yeah not happening…

“Long story short, as Dr. Phil would say, this is the changing day in my life. I was convinced that one of the wonderful recipes was worth trying so I tried <http://www.thesneakychef.com/index.php> Sneaky Chef Pizza Rice Balls. Let me make this announcement now because it rarely ever happens but, I was wrong. Those little balls of rice renewed my faith in vegetables and made me wanna buy wheat germ! I am as picky as it gets and this dish tastes like a delicious pasta or spaghetti o’s to a kid. I had trouble saving some for my kids but I did and guess what, they no longer think that Missy Lapine should be brought up on charges of treason!”

Read another great blog Here (scroll down to May 13th)  

This just in: The Huffington Post just did an article on 5 Remarkable Female Entrepreneurs. I'm flattered to have been chosen by Rob Rosenthal!

The"Mompreneur": Missy Chase Lapine
The mompreneur seamlessly blends motherhood with commerce. That's no easy feat as looking after children is itself a full time proposition. But if it can be done it comes with the built-in advantage that the mompreneur is her own "walking demo" -- she really knows her audience. 

Hi Missy,

I have the Sneaky Chef to the Rescue book and my sister has the first one. In the 'Rescue' one, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies are mentioned in a letter to Missy, but the recipe for that is not in the Rescue book or the first one.  Where can I get the recipe?

Dear Valerie,

Below please find my recipe for Unbelievable Chocolate Chip Cookies. Be sure to also check the free recipe pages of my website as well. 

Enjoy in good health!

Missy


Unbelievable Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition Highlights: Whole grains, nuts, and beans. Rich in vitamin E, folate, manganese, selenium, tryptophan, and fiber.

Oats and white beans make a decent chocolate chip cookie, you ask incredulously? And I want to throw in wheat germ and whole-wheat flour! Well, tasting is believing. Watch your kids devour these seemingly sinful, yet incredibly nutritious, cookies. This was the hardest recipe in the book. I had to consult with a real baker, my close friend, Karen, who spent many days in the test kitchen with me working out the kinks until we came up with a healthy cookie that didn’t taste healthy! First, we were able to cut back on the sugar by one-third, resulting in a mere one-half teaspoon of sugar per cookie. Then we added fiber from nutrient-packed wheat germ, whole wheat flour, oats, almonds and white beans, all of which help to slow down the release of sugar and avoid the normal “ crash and burn”  after kids eat cookies. Karen also convinced me to make them “ mini” cookies, so kids could have two for the price of one.

Makes about 50 two-bite cookies
1 cup Flour Blend (see Make-Ahead Recipe #13)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup rolled oats, finely ground in a food processor 
2 tablespoons blanched, slivered almonds, finely ground in a food processor (omit if allergic)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup White Bean Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #9)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional extra boost: 1 cup chopped walnuts or dried berries such as blueberries or raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove butter from refrigerator to let soften.

In a large bowl, whisk together Flour Blend, baking soda, salt, ground oats, and ground almonds (optional). Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until creamy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and White Bean Puree. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed. Stir in chocolate chips (and walnuts or dried berries, optional). Make two-bite cookies by dropping rounded half-teaspoonfuls, spaced 2 inches apart, onto nonstick or parchment- lined baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a metal rack.

Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature.

Sneaky tip: double or triple this recipe and save some of the batter rolled in plastic wrap in the freezer for homemade “slice and bake” cookies anytime. 

MyRecipes.com just did a feature story loaded with great recipes. You can find easy and healthy recipes, quick dinner ideas, and kid-friendly meals–approved by kids and moms. 

Here's their first question and my answer:

Q: What is your definition of a healthy recipe for kids?

Sneaky Chef
A recipe is only healthy if you can get kids to eat it! By starting with tried-and-true favorites that kids already love (macaroni and cheese or chicken nuggets) and hiding healthy ingredients inside, you're sure to have a winner. This is what differentiates Sneak Chef recipes from the other "healthy" recipes out there.

Q: How do you hide nutrients in kid-friendly recipes?

Sneaky Chef
: I actually have 13Sneaky Chef "methods of disguise;" the most famous of which is to pureesuperfoods–such as carrots, yams, whole grains, beans, broccoli, spinach, and blueberries–and hide them in kids' favorite foods (try my Barbell Burgers or Power Pizza). The other methods include decoys (like a few rainbow sprinkles or chocolate chips) to make foods look totally fun and kid-friendly, plus healthy substitutes for common ingredients.

Next: Parents' Questions >

Enjoy in good health, 

Missy 

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