Friday, April 9, 2010

Frugal Friday

Rainy Day Farm

Yeah! I am getting one out on time! Cheer for me! I have been trying to get this post done for two weeks and something always seemed to come up. Well, I finally got it done this week, so here goes.

This weeks post is on making your own purees. Now, I know you are wondering why would I do that? Well, I am not a hug veggie lover, and neither is my family. So a few years ago I heard about a couple of cookbooks that added purees to everyday recipes to get kids to eat their veggies and love it. Turns out that hubby and I loved it too. The cookbooks are
Deceptively Delicious, and The Sneaky Chef. I have both and highly recommend them. So where do you start? Start with various veggies. This time I used butternut squash, acorn squash and sweet potatoes. I have also done carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli.

The veggies I did I baked in the oven on 350 until they were soft. The squashes were done sooner than the sweet potatoes, so I took them out sooner.

You do need to clean the seeds out of the squashes, and poke holes in the sweet potatoes for the air to escape. I place them on parchment paper to save on mess.

Scoop out the flesh from the squash and peel the skin off the sweet potatoes. Put the flesh in a food processor and puree on high until smooth.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Then store them in a freezer Ziploc bag until they are needed.

I put these into everything I can think of where they will be hidden, tacos, spaghetti, soup, casseroles, meatballs, mac and cheese, etc. Click here for one of our favorite puree recipes. I also used this same method to make baby food for Landon when he was little. I was surprised at how long it lasted. I would make purees one day a month and would have plenty for him to eat. It worked great for us and was so much cheaper than buying baby food.

5 comments:

Amy said...

Great post. Finally one that I can say I have done... yeah! I checked this book out of the library after I saw her on Oprah. Very Sneaky ways to get those veggies in our foods.

Boyd Family said...

Maria, The meatball soup looks delish. How many puree cubes do you think is approx. 1/4 cup? I think I'll try this. We like to put veggies into our vita mix and make fruit drinks (smoothies) with them, but I'd like to try a little more. Thanks for sharing.

Mandy said...

Such a great idea. I want to get the Deceptively Delicious cookbook to do this. Sounds great!

wendy said...

Great Idea. a good way to kid foods into your kids they might not otherwise eat...by hiding them.

Megan said...

I'm glad you are still doing the purees. We like the meatball soup recipe too!