byMissy

Dear Missy,

I am very interested in your new book. I was hoping that
amazon would have the look inside for at least the table of
contents.My son has 30 allergies including all of the top8. I am
wondering how many of the recipes are usable as is or with small
modifications. Is there a table of contents list available anywhere?
I would love to look over the titles of the recipes before ordering
it.
Thank you,

Karen

Hi Karen,

So sorry the "search inside" function isn’t up yet on Amazon…so here is the table of contents for the allergy-free foods from my new book!

Chapter 7: Sneaky Chef for Food Allergies (15 total)
Gluten-Free Flour Blend
Gluten-Free Better Breading
Gluten-Free Pancakes
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
Gluten-Free Pizza
Gluten-Free Brownies
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders
Eggless and Nutless Chocolate Chip Cookies
Eggless Pancakes
Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Granola Bars
Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Grits Sticks
Eggless Banana Pancakes from Boxed Mix
Eggless Brainy Brownies

Hope that helps!
Missy

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Just had to tell you that I’ve used your brownie recipes
(both doctoring the boxed mix, and from scratch) for my college
daughter’s care packages, and they’ve been devoured by her and her
friends, who she loved telling, after they ate them, about the hidden
ingredients.  Same thing with my 10th grader and 5th grader and their
friends!  I’ve made the brownies for their sports teams, college and
high school,  to eat before the game on a long bus-ride to an away
game, or after the game.  I’ve also devised  variations of an "Amish
Friendship Bread" recipe to include the purple  and white purees, and
your flour mix, and can’t keep anyone away from them!  My picky
11-year old son never ate a green vegetable in his post-baby food life
until he ate your brownies!  Thank you so much!  Being from Maryland,
crab cakes are our favorite dish, and I just found your recipe, can\’t
wait to try it as I just bought fresh crab meat!  I THANK YOU for
posting that recipe, I\’m sure it will be a hit.  I may just have to
bring that up to the next college lacrosse game tailgate….
Thanks again!
~Mara

Dear Mara,

Let’s face it, finding good recipes and sharing them is one of Life’s pleasures! I’m so happy that sneak-enhanced brownies are spreading far and wide from your home base.

I’d love for you to share your Amish Bread recipe when we get a page up in the near future for the purpose of readers sharing and swapping their own sneaky creations.

You’ve won the Supportive Mom award! All the best to you and your athletes,

Missy

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I have a 13yr. old son that is overweight, we share the same
concerns of his weight problem. However, he is so picky about foods. He
will only eat deepfried things such as chicken, pizzarolls, etc. He
likes pork & beans, mac & cheese and spaghetti w/meat. This is his
diet outside of school. I don\’t know how to change his eating habits
as he refuses to try other obtions!!! Please any help would be
appreciated. Thank you.

Dear April,

You are not alone. Thank goodness our nation’s obesity problem is now receiving the attention and concern it merits. I am so relieved every time I get a letter like yours, because I know that once a parent seeks to solve this problem, my books can help.

Because of readers like you, I devoted a substantial part of my third book, "The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue," to low-calorie fare for kids (and adults) just like your son. I encourage you to explore these recipes. Start with those most similar to what he eats now, and then branch out a bit. Don’t expect immediate and complete success. You might also be thinking ahead to summer vacation, when he will be eating at home for most meals. Perhaps you can instill a few eating habit goals, with a healthy bribe: if he reaches his goals, the entire family takes a fun trip, etc.

April, I’d love to hear back from you.

Wishing you all the best,

Missy

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Hi Missy! 

I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE both
your books and have placed my hold for your new one at Barnes and
Noble!  The meals I make from your books are our family staples each
night and my entire family LOVES them- even my pickiest eater, my
husband!  : )  I was wondering if you recommend stevia for children
and if so, can it be substituted in any of your recipes?  Thanks SO
MUCH for ALL you have done to make our family eat healthier each day
while loving every bite of it!  : )

Dear Andi,

What a sweet e-mail, literally and figuratively! Before I discuss the natural sugar substitute stevia, may I just say that I’m thrilled you’re eating sneaky chef fare on a daily basis. All those nutritious purees will certainly buoy your family’s health.

Now, back to stevia: I’m not a doctor or scientist, and as I’m sure you’re aware, there has not been enough research on stevia for the FDA to give it a stamp of approval as a food. This is why it’s available in health food stores as a supplement. You’ll have to do your own research on the subject and come to your own conclusions. As for subbing in stevia, I can tell you that the results will be just as delicious. Just use the conversion charts on www.stevia.com to find out how much stevia to use.

With healthiest regards,

Missy

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My children love peanut butter balls and I have  recipe that
I currently use (it only has powdered milk, peanut butter, honey and
choc chips).  Do you have any suggestions on how I can "sneak" some
other nutrition into those little balls?
Thanks

Hi Judy,

You can add orange puree to your peanut butter balls, but of course it might take multiple experiments to get it just right. In my third book, "The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue," I’ve got a great healthy recipe called "sneaky bonbons" that is exactly what you’re looking for. The book should be coming to your favorite bookstore in the next few weeks.

Enjoy!

Missy

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Dear Missy,

I want to thank you so much for your wonderful solutions.  I have a 6 year old who is the consumate refuser…  Of late, he’s been subsisting on frozen waffles, cereal bars, rice, and the occasional apple.  So, I was thrilled when I found your cook book.  I made the Brainy Brownies last night after dinner.  My son danced and laughed at the same time telling me how delicious they were.  Since I work at a small school, he wanted me to take them to school for the principal and other teachers.  This morning he even made me pinkie promise to make them again for him.  I am shocked and so happy that he loves it so much and has no idea there is healthy things inside.  Even my oldest son loves them.  And, all the teachers absolutely loved them.  Many were going to our Book Fair today to get their own copy.  So, thanks again.  You have saved me from going crazy and loosing my "Mom Badge" because I’m not feeding enough veggies.

Best wishes from Baton Rouge, La.

Rayma K.

Dear Rayma,

I am so glad that your Refuser has been Defused ; )  And a pinky promise at that!  What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sending it. It made my day : )

Can’t wait to hear your next success story!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

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Dear Sneaky Chef,
I am very interested in using your brilliant ideas in my kitchen. By
I am wondering,  you creates various low calorie recipes, but I have
an ‘underweight’ 2  and half years old child. So, is it still
suitable to use a low calorie recipe? I like the idea of sneaking the
vegetables in the food though.

Dear Yossi,

There are many ways of introducing more calories to your child’s diet while still enjoying the super-healthy recipes in my book. Many children respond well to small snacks throughout the day: a handful of nuts, rice cakes with nut butter or avocado topping, granola bars (I have a great recipe in my first book), yoghurt, etc.

You could let your child have a nutritiously enhanced snack such as my chocolate pudding with avocado, or "breakfast ice cream." Or you could supplement their diet with rich, yummy smoothies (many recipes in my books).

By exploring different snack options, you’ll also pick up on what their palate is craving, and be able to strike off in a whole new culinary direction: perhaps she likes crunchy textures, or leans to savory dishes as opposed to sweet ones. I know you’ll enjoy this discovery phase, and I am confident that you’ll be off to fantastic start with the many recipes to choose from in my books!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

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Hi. I love the concept, but my son has severe peanut and
dairy allergies, and my daughter won’t eat meat.  Do you have any
ideas on which recipes might convert best to a vegan need?

Thanks, Mary

Hi Mary,

One of my brothers is vegan, so I’ve had many enjoyable, savory meals with him over the years. I consulted with him in the development of many of the vegetarian recipes you’ll find in each of my books, particularly in Book 3, To The Rescue. Each of the recipes is labeled with a "V" in a circle for vegetarian so you can spot them easily. He loves to use different grains to complement the entrée (quinoa, amaranth, and all sorts of different rice blends), which you might explore if your children like variety. But if that’s still out of reach for now, you can just stick with the recipe as it’s presented in the book and you’ll have a sure winner : )

Regarding the dairy and peanut allergies, you can simply substitute soy or rice milk, and chopped walnuts or almonds in most of the recipes.

Keep up the great work!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

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Hi Missy,

I was wondering how long the purees are good til when left
in the freezer.  I found myself making many of the meals in the book
and then I stopped.  I want to start up again but I am not sure if I
need to throw it all out and start over.  I have them in sealed
tupperward 1/4 cup individual containers.  I think they have been in
there 6 mths.  What should I do?
thanks!

Dear Corinne,

I’m glad to hear you’re thinking sneaky again! I can understand how you want to use the frozen purees you have in the freezer: they represent time, effort and money! And there they are, ready to give a healthy makeover to so many of your family’s favorite dishes!

Frozen fruits last 4 to 6 months, and veggies can go a bit longer–up to 8 months, assuming you’ve got them properly sealed in good containers. Check for any signs of freezer burn. Barring that, it sounds like you can make a big "bon voyage" meal using up your purees. Then whip up a new  batch and enjoy more adventures!

Healthiest regards,

Missy

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