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I used to think that sneaking in more nutrition in my kids food was complicated until I read a book on how to be sneaky. Then, I began making my own purees and freezing them. Although time consuming, it’s definitely worth it if you have a four year old that only wants to eat mac and cheese or lasagna every day!
I realize, that not everyone has the time, counter space, or know-how to get creative in the puree realm. Lucky for all of us, a company is ahead of us with our need! Hooray Puree knows we have limited time in today’s busy world and healthy eating will always be a priority. I like that I can save time while providing healthy, nutritious food for my family with the convenience of their easy to use product. I can still cook the food my kids love, while boosting their nutritional value! Now… that’s not just smart… it’s smart and sneaky parenting!
I received a Hooray Puree variety pack containing pureed carrots, spinach, and squash. I like that they come in serving sized pouches and there is very little packaging waste! They are very simple to use; simply add them to your regular recipes and… ta-da! you now have a nutritionally boosted dish! Here are some super-charged dish ideas:
- Butternut Squash Puree: invisible in macaroni & cheese, baked pasta and Mexican dishes, lasagna, meat loaf, tomato sauce, soups, muffins, and scones. Oh! and it is great in pizza (instead of tomato sauce) too!
- Carrot Puree: This one has a sweeter flavor and it’s my favorite in baked goods such as: muffins, blondies, and yellow cake anything. Just like the butternut squash, it’s invisible in macaroni & cheese, baked dishes, lasagna, meat balls, tomato sauce, and soups.
- Spinach Puree: I had to get creative with this one. Let’s be honest… its green color is not the easiest to mask; but once I realized it was easy to hide in all things “treat” for my kids… I stopped feeling guilty about making brownies. If your kids don’t mind the color green in food, you can use it in creamy risotto, smoothies, soups, hummus… and of course, anything chocolate!
One of my favorite way of using the spinach puree is in tacos. Taco night has never been sneakier! Of course, my kids would tell you that they love brownies and that I should make them more often. Below is a taco recipe you can use with the spinach puree (or any of the other varieties). These purees are super easy to use with Missy Chase Lapine’s Sneaky Chef’s books.
- 1 lb Ground beef, 80-85% lean
- ½ cup Onion, chopped
- ½ tsp Cumin, ground
- 2 tsp Chili powder
- ½ tsp Salt, pepper to taste
- 3 Tbsp Tomato soup
- 1 Freshpack Hooray Purée Spinach
- 1 Pkg Soft tortillas or hard taco shells
- Brown the ground beef in a pan with onions. When the beef is browned, drain.
- Add spices to coat the beef.
- Add tomato soup and spinach puree, mix well. Add water as needed to keep moist.
- Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.
- Serve with salsa, guacamole, light sour cream, and grated Cheddar cheese.
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