10/15/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• Tired of begging her kids (Sascha, 6, Julian, 4, and Shepherd, 2) to eat veggies, Jessica Seinfeld—Jerry's wife—started sneaking the healthy stuff into their favorite foods. In a new cookbook she shares the subterfuge.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I was making butternut squash puree for my baby and mac 'n' cheese from a box for my other kids. I realized the colors matched exactly. So I added the squash to the mac 'n' cheese and they didn't notice. I was so excited! I thought, "What else can I hide?" It became an obsession.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU HIDE? Sweet potato in pancakes, pureed tomato in taco meat, spinach in brownies ... I've met kids who say they hate spinach—"Eww, it's so gross!" I'll give them a brownie and tell them, "That was FULL of spinach." They don't know what to say.
DO YOU AND JERRY EAT WHAT YOUR KIDS EAT? I'm not making two meals a night!
JERRY SEINFELD'S EATING CHICKEN NUGGETS? Yes. I might put a little red sauce on it and some mozzarella cheese.
DO YOU TRICK HIM TOO? I don't have to. Jerry's a good eater. Imagine if your husband was a bad eater? That would be my worst nightmare. But he won't eat asparagus.
SO IF YOU SNUCK IN SOME ASPARAGUS? He would love it. He thinks this whole thing is so much fun. He would say, "I stand corrected."
FRENCH TOAST TRICKS
• Add puree of banana, pineapple, sweet potato, carrot or squash to your eggs and milk before soaking the bread.
• Some children are suspicious of "specks" in whole-grain bread ... a dusting of sugar serves nicely as camouflage!