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!


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