The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals

Paperback | March 27, 2007

byMissy Chase Lapine

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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)

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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...

Missy Chase Lapine is the creator of the Sneaky Chef series of books, including New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. The Sneaky Chef and Sneaky Fitness books have inspired not only families around the country, but have established a whole new healthy eating and ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.73 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:Running PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0762430753

ISBN - 13:9780762430758

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and Easy Recipes I have tried many times to cook foods with healthy ingredients snuck into them, but I have always been caught by my children or husband. With this book, I was finally successful! In the first week, I made four different recipes and no one noticed that there was anything different. My husband complimented the "No Harm Chicken Parm" as the best recipe that I have made yet. I am definitely getting Missy Chase's next book!!!!
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Useful, even if not great The book turned out to be less interesting, than I expected. The main reason is that 80% of the book content focuses on sneaking different vegetables into the food that is non healthy by definition. Since my kid eats vegetables reasonably well without the tricks, I was more interested in doing something that would help her, for example, eat fish. Rather than the advice to mix sardines with tuna , the book is silent on the subject. So, what do I do if my daughter does not touch even tuna? "Sneaky chef" did not provide any idea. However, the book was still useful for me, since it provided some ideas that would help me save time and make simple recipes more interesting. Adding vegetables to mashing potatoes is a great way to save next day cooking time, but still add vegetables to the meal - instead of carbohydrates! Another example that I tried - using decaf green tea to prepare the rice. Too cool not to try on - and actually, very nice flavour. So, for me, the book was helpful, even though in general I don't like the idea of "sneaking food" (actually, my daughter looked through recipes with me, saying "let's try this" or "not this one").
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saver This cookbook is phenominal! Not only does it give you the tools you need to get creative in your kitchen, but it does so with the items you already have in your kitchen! There was no need to go out and buy a whole bunch of ingrediants I will only use once or fill my freezer with purees that I would use for a recipe that failed. The purees were so easy and are made in very small quantities, and if you don't want to make the purees she gives you the baby food equivalent. For me the best part was how she explained everything at the beginning and made me feel like I wasn't the only parent struggling with my toddler at mealtime. I definately recommend this book to anyone who wishes they could get their family to eat better!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a creative way to eat right!! I recently purchased 'The Sneaky Chef' by Missy Chase Lapine, and what a difference already! My children, like so many others, are so so picky. I began to incorporate the recipes and techniques from Lapine's book right away and my kids are none the wiser, PLUS they like what they're eating!!!!! I love that so much of the recipes are make-ahead so I can have them ready when it is time to cook! I recommend this book to anyone with a family- a better way to eat right without the battles!
Date published: 2007-03-29

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Patricia Hametz, MD, MPH / Director, Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian"By creating delicious foods made with healthful ingredients that your kids will actually eat, Missy Chase Lapine succeeds in allowing family meal times to be fun and stress-free. She is helping us all to instill good eating habits that will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating for the whole family."