Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Deceptively Delicious

Have you all heard of Jessica Seinfeld's (Jerry Seinfeld's wife) cook book called Deceptively Delicious (DD)?
She's learned the art of adding veggies into her meals--yes, even desserts--without her kids knowing it!

The other day I picked a yellow squash from our garden and really didn't know what to do with it.

Bob doesn't like squash and I probably wasn't going to eat it all on my own before it went bad, (plus we both need more nutrition in our diets! You can read about some of the health benefits of squash here) so I had to think of something! I glanced over and saw the DD cookbook and inspiration struck!

I decided to make cheese enchiladas, which Bob loves...
but what he didn't know was that I was going to add pureed squash!! Muahaha! =)

I've tried recently to eat as much nutritious food as possible. It's hard to do that when all that's in the pantry is ready-made packaged foods....all filled with ingredients that are harmful to our bodies.

So, I made the tortillas for the enchiladas as well as the enchilada sauce. Thankfully, they were yummy! Not only did Bob not realize there was squash in his enchilada, but the tortillas were made with whole wheat flour (he's not too fond of whole wheat anything).

Here's what I did...

I started with the tortillas. This is the recipe I used.

Here are some pictures of some of the steps...

First, I shredded some cheddar cheese

then I minced the Jalapenos with my trusty Magic Bullet

I used half whole wheat and half white flour...the dough is usually more manageable when there's a little white mixed in.

Then I formed 8 balls of dough...

and let them "nap", covered, for approx. 5 minutes

As you can see, I'm terrible at rolling out a perfect circle!
I just put them on an ungreased electric skillet until a few brown spots appeared and then flipped them. The first time I attempted tortillas I cooked them WAY too long and then ended up being more like chips!

Ready to become an enchilada!

First, I diced up the squash

Then, I steamed them just until tender so they were easier to puree.
Veggies don't lose as many nutrients when steamed.

The deception is about to begin.
Here's the pureed squash + some jalapeno juice to give it some kick.

Down goes the squash on the tortilla

and then some yummy cheddar to try and hide the deception!

Just before the oven...

Right out of the oven..ready to eat, YUM!

Shhh....don't tell Bob about the squash!


  1. Ok, I CANNOT believe you just wrote this post. Seriously, my DD book is in front of me and I am about to do a post over it too! Kari, that is way too weird...
    But I do love the book and this post!! Good work deceiving...:) haha

  2. WOW Kari, you amaze me!! Homemade everything!!! HOmemade tortillas are thee best! And I love that you got the squash in there!!

    How is the magic bullet?? Sounds like you like it!

    I agree it is very hard to eat well, especially with a baby....we too have recently tried to cut out all the junk!

  3. I LOVE it so much that you pulled a sneaky veggie addition to your enchiladas & Bobby liked it!!! Good job!!


  4. This is the go-to-cook book in our house! I love it! Great job on the enchiladas, they look tasty.


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