Peanut Butter Cookies

October 24, 2007 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Dessert, sweet potato puree | 3 Comments
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My friend Mary says that veggies don’t belong in desserts. “Why mess with a perfectly good brownie?”, she says. And that traditional side of me, that side that believes in the “everything in moderation” credo, agrees. But not willing to give up on the idea that we can have it all, I started searching for ideas of getting vegetables into my desserts.

I turned to Missy Chase Lapine, aka The Sneaky Chef, and read that sweet potatoes are a good pairing with peanut butter. Better yet, according to her blog, sweet potatoes stabilize blood sugar levels preventing the classic crash and burn our kids (and us) experience when eating sugary foods.

So, I set out to create a classic Peanut Butter Cookie with some sweet potato puree to boost.

1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temp
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Skippy)
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla

First beat the butter, puree and peanut butter and combine until smooth and fluffy. Add 1 cup of the flour, the sugars, egg, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and the remaining 3/4 cup flour. Blend until combined.

Scoop out a tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, put on baking tray, and flatten with fork.

Bake 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Makes about 36 cookies.

Tip: I’ve found that when I store these baked goods with puree in the freezer, they stay better longer. So, I’ll keep some cookies out for dessert tonight, and the rest will be stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Chicken Nugget Rewind

October 24, 2007 at 2:22 am | Posted in broccoli puree, Family Meals, flaxseed meal, spaghetti squash puree | Leave a comment
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I had faith that my son, the white eater, would eat the chicken nuggets if made with the right ingredients. With my broccoli and spaghetti squash purees ready to go, I made this dinner again, with the hopes that he would not protest.

Following the same recipe, this time I dipped half of our chicken in the broccoli puree and the other half in the spaghetti squash puree. The spaghetti squash was undetectable…

Not only did he eat these Spaghetti Squash Chicken Nuggets, he asked for more (careful not to choose one made with broccoli). Served with fresh baby carrots and some fruit, this meal was easy. My hubby and I took the chicken and put it over a spinach salad. Yummy for the entire family.

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