Sep 14 2008

Weekly menu & trying ‘Sneaky Chef’ recipes

This is the week of trying new things in the kitchen! I’m excited and a little nervous for how it’ll all turn out. I’ve never made any of these recipes before.

I went to the library and picked up a copy of The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen) to learn how to incorporate fruit and vegetable purees in meals to add a nutritional boost.

I don’t think I like the idea of tricking my husband about what he’s eating, so I won’t. He doesn’t mind that there will be cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, avocado, and other assorted items in his food. In fact, he’s glad that he’ll be eating a bit healthier.

I need help sneaking more fruits and  veggies into my diet as well. Though sometimes I like a fresh garden salad, I really can’t stand eating them more than once per week at the most.

I’ll use a few Sneaky Chef recipes this week and I’ll let you know how it goes. If they’re successful, I just might plunk down the money and actually buy a copy of the book to use in the future.

Also, I’m going to use my bread machine for the first time and attempt to make a loaf of bread. My mother-in-law kindly gave me her old machine, and it’s sat on a shelf near my kitchen for a long time. Baking bread really intimidates me for some reason. I think it’s because I’m worried I’ll screw up the yeast temperature.

I have no concept of what appropriate lukewarm water actually feels like. Any suggestions?

I’m just going to get over my fears and I’m going to try to make a loaf of wheat bread this week. Expect photos and a blog post to follow soon.

The menu:

  • Farmhouse chicken and baked acorn squash
  • “Beefed up” onion soup and wheat bread (soup from Sneaky Chef cookbook. Includes pomegranate juice and orange puree of carrots & yams). I get French onion soup every time I go to Panera Bread. I just love the stuff and I hope this recipe is yummy!
  • “Hungry man hummus” served with whole grain pita chips, celery and carrots. Recipe comes from the cookbook and includes tofu and white puree which has cauliflower and zucchini.
  • “Everybody loves Romano chicken” and some random veggie side. Chicken includes either the orange or white puree and wheat germ.
  • Spaghetti and “mega marinara sauce” which is a homemade-ish sauce that includes the orange and white purees.

Snack or breakfast:

Strawberry & banana smoothie (from cookbook) made with green tea, banana, avocado, pomegranate juice, strawberries, and more.

For the sake of our health and my sanity, let’s hope this is a successful week.

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9 Responses to “Weekly menu & trying ‘Sneaky Chef’ recipes”

  1. I just came to say I absolutely LOVE Panera’s French Onion soup too. It is about the only thing I get when I go there. With this damp rainy weather lately, I may have to make a run for some this week!

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  2. Great menu, everything looks good :)

    My Menu Plan

  3. You can make your own Panera’s soup at home if you want! Here’s the recipe: http://www.panerabread.com/recipes/recipe.php?category=4&id=39

    It looks rather involved and pricey, though. A whole bottle of wine? Good grief.

  4. Sounds like a good plan. We’re always looking to add more veggies!

  5. I had a jar of yeast that had been sitting in a box since before Passover this year and I wondered if it was still good. I poured a little in a custard cup, added a little sugar and warm water and checked back in 5 minutes.

    It was bubbling and growing and smelling yeasty. My 5 yo was fascinated.

    As for the temp, try it on your wrist. It shouldn’t be any warmer than you’ll use for Junior’s bath water!

  6. I do have to sneak veggies in, neither my fiance nor myself like them (hard to sneak them past yourself though :P)

    but i’ve told him we HAVE to get better about it before we have kids. none of that eat your veggies even though i’m not going to stuff.

  7. Making bread is very intimidating. About two weeks ago I made my first loaf, it turned into an absolute disaster. However, my MIL who was excellent at bread, told my husband that your first attempt is usually a disaster. I’ve overcome the disaster and now have successfully made a variety of different breads.

    I have a recipe for Honey Wheat bread that is outstanding if your interested.

  8. I think that I am going to visit the library or buy the Sneaky Chef book. I was interested in buying it when I first heard about it, but it slipped my mind. I think I should give it a try.

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  9. Could you please email me your recipe for honey wheat bread? gold-dust@shaw.ca Many thanks!

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