Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sautee/Puree: Sneaky Veggies

Hello, Sweet Friends!
Today, I'd like to show you something that I love to do with my garden's fresh veggies (or any veggies on sale that I can fine - and, yes, my garden is still producing!). I like to chop them all up together (without the flowers)....carrot, onion, zuchs, yellow squash and tomatoes, add garlic and salt and...
I sautee them and then I puree them. I then use the pureed veggies in homemade spaghetti sauce, taco filling, stews and soups, meatloaf, all kinds of yummy recipes. I love to freeze this pureed combination, too, for later use. My children aren't the wiser (they HATE zuchini by itself) and they get extra veggies.

I know that the wife of Jerry Seinfeld has a book out about puree-ing veggies and adding them to brownies and cakes and all sorts of things. I'm not that brave. But, hey, in regular foods it works just fine.

Note: Do not add sauteed greens, such as kale or spinach, to spaghetti or taco sauces, it turns them dark and wierd looking.

Have fun!
Love,
Elizabeth

4 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

My mom used to do something similar. She'd chopped veggies up really fine in the blender and add to meatloaf. I took a lot of meatloaf sandwiches to school, and all my friends used to tell me they smelled funny, but I loved them. LOL

Alexandra said...

Great idea! I've linked. :)

Jimmie said...

I'm visiting from Alexandra's blog. I read the Seinfeld cookbook from a friend's collection. Brilliant!
I think that it's a shame I have to hide the veggies, but when hubby is not too keen on them either, it doesn't set a great example for the kiddo. So...I've found great success with pureed red pepper. Supposedly red pepper is one of the healthiest veggies out there. I add a 1/2 cup baggie of puree to many dishes. They never know it's there!
I've never tied your method of mixing many veggies. Hmm... great idea!

SpejoryMama said...

I just found your blog through "Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood." I add purees to dishes, too, even though my kids are generally pretty good about eating vegetables. The more the better! Casseroles are really good places to add the purees; you just have to watch the color combinations so you don't make the casserole look funny.

Jenn V