Monday, August 29, 2011

Adventures in Deception

I already wrote about the applesauce muffins I made with squash puree. Well tonight, I decided to try a meal from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious. The meal of choice was chicken nuggets with broccoli puree. You basically chop chicken into nugget sized pieces, then dreg it through a mixture of broccoli puree and one beaten egg before rolling it around in a breadcrumb mixture. 

(The recipe called for whole wheat breadcrumbs with a variety of seasonings. I just used a mixture of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.) The recipe said to fry the coated nuggets in a frying pan with olive oil, but I'm notorious for burning anything I try to fry. So I just threw it in the oven at 400* for 20 minutes.  

Before it went in the oven.

This was Lucy's reaction:

I have no idea what happened with this picture, but you can see how much she enjoyed them.
Grrr. I am getting so frustrated with this kid. She didn't even try one. Never even picked it up. She started screaming as soon as I put them on her tray. Apparently she wasn't in the mood for chicken? She ended up eating leftover mac n' cheese (from last night). At least she doesn't notice the carrot puree I stick in the mac n' cheese. So she ended up getting her veggies, just not in the meal I made specifically for her.

Anyway, the verdict: I thought it was delicious! I didn't taste broccoli at all, but the puree helped keep the chicken moist. 

I'll keep trying with the purees. Maybe eventually I'll hit on something Miss Pickypants will actually eat!


  1. Feeding a toddler can be SO frustrating. I give you an A for effort.

  2. I made those once! And funnily enough my friend returned my cookbook to me without me ever saying anything - I think it's a sign I'd better try some more of those recipes;)


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