For today’s Thursday in the Thrift Kitchen I’m going to switch it up a bit. Instead of sharing a recipe, I’m going to share a new (to me) recipe book with you. Missy Chase Lapine has really put together a fine collection of Sneaky Chef recipes for The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen!). Normally I wouldn’t pick up a book like this, but the title made me laugh.. and a little curious. I flipped through and was delighted to see some of our favorite “junk” foods that we like to have when eating out, dressed up with veggie secret purees.
Last week I made the Doctor Recommended Chili and on Sunday I made the “Buffalo Wings”. Oh and last Thursday Sarah and I made Manly Meatballs in mass to freeze and eat later (we made 120 meat ball in just 3 hours!). And everything turned out delicious with thumbs up and “more please” from Jason. It’s hard to get veggies on the table sometimes. I’ve gone from being a vegetarian to having a hard time eating my daily allotted fruits and veggies. How did that happen? Well, now thanks to the sneaky chef, I’m getting back on the right track. I would really recommend this book for anyone with picky eaters in the family. Kids and partners a like.
Here is the spread we had with the buffalo wings. I used a lemon pepper sauce pureed with the “white” puree. And made the blue cheese dressing with the white puree too. She has a series of make ahead purees – white, green, purple, orange, white bean, etc. And you add those to the sauces, or in the case of the chili, as the main base of the meal. I don’t quite agree with her method of boiling the crap out of then and draining off the liquid, so I cooked them with just a little water and then mixed the reserved water back into the puree. It seems a shame to just boil off all that good stuff and dump it down the drain.
What’s your favorite trick for sneaking veggies into a meal?
On a side note, I think I’m going to make a “Thrift Kitchen” banner for the various tk posts. What do you think?