The G.H. book club brings you our very first recommendation for your iBook library or (if you’re old school like me) your ACTUAL book collection. Deceptively Delicious is a cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld (the incredible wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld) that gives home chefs a complete, devilishly simple plan of action for sneaking healthy food into kid (and husband) friendly dishes for every meal of the day. If you have a food processor or powerful blender, you’re as prepared as you need to be to start utilizing what Jessica calls “loving deception” (I adore this) to change the habits of the picky, junk-food loving, or closed-minded members of your family. The book outlines best practices for getting organized, prepping, and then overhauling junk food recipes with the precision of a whole-food healthy ninja goddess. There really are only four things you need to know:
- These recipes are mostly simple. Since many of us are used to prepping whole foods anyway, there won’t be any “black belt” recipes here that will throw you off your game. You’ve got this.
- Kids eat this stuff without knowing there’s anything good for them in it. I have sat back and smiled smugly as toddlers, middle-school kids and preteens have shoveled these snacks and meals into their mouths, consuming untold amounts of vitamins, minerals and Omega 3s without the slightest inclination of what was going on. Few things rival that kind of exhilaration. It’s stealthy-healthy at its glorious pinnacle.
- If I had to critique Jessica’s recipes I would point to her use of low-fat options, which I feel are less nutritious and more artificial and processed (which is never good) than their full-fat, real-food, whole ancestors. For example, there’s no reason to spray something with cooking spray, which likely contains soy and other nasty ingredients, when you could just coat it with good, old-fashioned organic butter. Also, there are quite a few ways to reduce or eliminate the gluten and other refined carbs from her recipes, Using Quinoa noodles or just eliminating noodles is the best way to do so if you are allergic or simply want to reduce inflammation and other damaging effects of gluten from your family’s diet. Heck, you’ve come this far to make healthful meals, right? It’s not hard to take it across the threshold into whole, wholesome, just-like-the-old-days cooking! Remember the dirty dozen, clean fifteen, and that you always want organic fats whenever possible. Aside from that, you can follow the recipes to the letter and trust that you’ll always get a great result!
- This book is available on Amazon for WAY less than it should be sold for. I’m talking pennies. Check out this link to grab a copy.
The G.H. book club is proud to add Deceptively Delicious to our library and we think you’ll be (devilishly) glad you joined us!