December 2010 Archives

Community Support

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Dear Missy,

I THANK you for the work you do. It has literately changed my life. I create all sorts of purees now and feed a puree-infused meal to my son with almost every meal. I work with low income, black and Latino mothers in my community, and I teach them the Sneaky Chef way. I have moms that have never had a zucchini or cauliflower or spinach before, and some don't even know what they look like, but now they do and they give them to their children. Many mothers have never stepped outside their neighborhood much less into Borders, etc, and some have never even cooked before! Can you imagine the changes in their children's brains now that they have learned and are empowered to cook and feed their children meals with real nutrition?

The health and education disparity of black and Latino children in this country is an American problem. We can not have entire populations of this country destined for failure and expect to thrive as a collective.

I'm out here in the trenches. Inside public housings, in low income communities, etc. Teaching moms about early education (which includes nutrition) and I know most of my moms DO better once they KNOW better.

We have a nation of kids to save. Even if you don't reply I still am so grateful because I honestly use your method in my life and to teach them daily.

Many blessings to all of you (since I know its a team effort).



Dear Nikolai,

What a wonderful and heart warming letter to receive, especially at this time of year. I applaud your community efforts and I am inspired anew to reach out in my own communities. Everyone needs to eat the most nutritious meals that they can, and your letter is testimony to the fact that lower income groups can benefit enormously. 

Thank you for taking the time to write, and I will be happy to support your work in every way that I can, and I will be in touch. 

Warmest wishes for the holidays,


We all know I love to sneak vegetables into kids’ meals and am always eager to hear your favorite sneaky recipes!

I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with Veggie Patch, makers of better-for-you vegetarian foods and meatless snack options, to host The Ultimate Sneak-Away Contest and celebrate moms across America!

We’re asking moms to share their favorite ideas for sneaking vegetables into family meals for the chance to win fabulous prizes… including an in-person consultation with me and a relaxing trip to a spa in your hometown!

In case you need a little inspiration, here are a couple of my favorite sneaky recipe ideas!

• Magic Meatballs with eight hidden veggies (including the dreaded green ones) – how many can you hide?
• Masterful Mac 'n Cheese with hidden sweet potatoes and carrots
• Chocolate Banana Avocado Breakfast Ice Cream
• Brainy Brownies baked with spinach and blueberries

Now it’s time for you to show me what you can do with veggies. Enter on the Veggie Patch Facebook page for your chance to be recognized as one of 15 Undercover Mother’s across the U.S. who will compete for the ultimate grand prize!

I’m excited to see what fun, healthy and tasty recipes you come up with! And don’t forget to check back often for new recipes and ideas from other moms.

Good luck,


Cherry Puree Brownies

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Dear Missy, 

Is it possible to substitute cherry puree for the purple puree in the Brainy Brownies, or in the quick fix for boxed mix brownies? If so, what do you think? One-to-one substitution? I just thought the hint of cherry flavor in the brownies might be really good! I know, I should probably just try it, but I'd love to know your thoughts. Thanks!

Dear Dana,

I think you could substitute the cherry puree one-to-one. Cherry and chocolate go great together, as you probably already know! Just be sure to puree the cherries fine enough so that there's no recognizable pieces left, unless you want them for texture.

Have fun with this one!

All the best for the holidays,


Vegetarian Benefits

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Missy you're fantastic! I don't have any kids and am a vegetarian but would like to pack as much veggie's into my meals because I feel like I'm lacking.

Your book The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue - 101 recipes which are also healthier recipes seem perfect!

Grown ups need to eat right too!

Grateful thanks from a Tarrytowner now living in The Netherlands.

Yours truly,

Sandy W.

Dear Sandy,

Thanks for the inspiring email! I'm thrilled that my recipes are working for you : )

Hopefully you still have access to fresh produce in the midst of all the snow you've been getting over there. Brrrrrrrrr!!!

Warmest wishes for the holidays,


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (as you might have imagined!). It's a holiday that includes everyone and it's all about being at home with family and enjoying wonderful homemade food. I'm excited to share with you the recipes that my family will be enjoying this year.

We're starting with Cranberry Apple Turkey which uses a 4-5 pound turkey breast, not the entire turkey. It's good for a smaller group of about 8 or so people as it cooks much faster than the whole turkey.

Then we'll be adding some of my favorite sides, including Garlic Mashed Potatoes & GravyRoasted Squash Soup for the Holidays, and Pumpkin Pie. These are every bit as delicious as their traditional counterparts, and no one will ever know that they've been made sneakily healthier with hidden cauliflower, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, pomegranate, yogurt, whole wheat flour, apple sauce, tofu and more! These super healthy additions replace much of the unwanted fat while actually enhancing the flavor.

My warmest wishes for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!


Christmas Recipes

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Hi Missy,

I am wondering if you have any Christmas treat recipes that are "sneaky"?  I love your cookbook and it has helped so much cooking for my son who is allergic to soy.

Thank you. 

Dear Jessica,

I certainly do! Click HERE for a link to several that I have posted on my website. I have many more in my third book, The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue.

Happy Holidays!


Won't Eat Meat

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Dear Missy,

I have a 3 1/2 year old son, who is extremely picky with food. He doesnt eat ANY type of meat!! I substitute his protein intake with cheese and fish. I have tried to puree ground beef but he smells it and gags. I want to improve his doet, by giving him more vegetables. He loves spaghetti and cheese pizza. Please help, getting him to try new foods is such a challenge. Our family has dinner together so how can see eating new foods wonr hurt, but nothigs helps! His pediatrician says just give him time with the meat, but he is beginning to gain weight from all the carbs.  --Gabriela G. 

Dear Gabriela, 

Your son is a perfect candidate for my sneaky recipes! He will get fantastic nutrition from all the hidden vegetables, beans and whole grains that I hide in all of my recipes. You can find aver 100 free recipes with tons of healthy hidden ingredients on the Free Recipe Pages of my website, as well as the Ask The Sneaky Chef Forum. Start with the recipes that he already likes to eat. Then, by the time you get through all of those, he will undoubtedly be in an entirely new phase with foods. I am in agreement with your pediatrician--you can relax : )

Enjoy in good health!


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