New “Sneaky” Foods Help Parents Give Their Families Veggies Tonight Without a Fight.
Oh, Sneaky Chef, I love you! Do you know The Sneaky Chef? If not, you need to hop on over to her site and check it out. It is filled with so many great recipes and ideas and products.
The Sneaky Chef is Missy Chase Lapine, a New York Times bestselling cookbook author. She created Sneaky Chef foods, a comprehensive line of foods designed to improve children’s health by helping parents easily feed their families the veggies they need, in the foods they already love. Each product is packed with the nutritional power of real vegetables. This provides moms with a fast, convenient and healthy way to help kids eat more fruits and vegetables each day. The Sneaky Chef Foods are all-natural, and have no corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors or MSG.
“The new line of Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauces and No-Nut Butter deliver the nutrition of real, whole vegetables in foods that taste just like the familiar favorites kids love.”
- Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauce – Made with tomatoes and eight hidden vegetables, including cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, yellow squash, celery, and onions, these versatile sauces can be used to make spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, baked ziti, dipping sauces and more! The Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauces taste just like the familiar favorites everyone loves, but provide the nutritional benefits of vegetables in a quick and easy sauce.
- Sneaky Chef Veggie Pasta – Made with six hidden vegetables including broccoli, carrots, shitake mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and beets, this pasta delivers the nutrition of real, whole vegetables in pastas that taste and look just like the familiar white pasta kids love!
- Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter – You’ll never guess that this spread is nut-free! Perfect for kids and adults who suffer from nut allergies, Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter are made from golden peas, which are naturally sweet and nutty, giving it the flavor of nut butters but it is 100 percent peanut-free, tree nut-free and soy free! This versatile and unique product is perfect for sandwiches, muffins, cookies, or straight out of the jar, and ideal for nut-free classrooms, schools and camps.
I had the pleasure to review the whole line of products recently and let me tell you, they are a hit in my house. My kids are not generally too picky and they actually do like to eat their veggies, but I love the idea of packing even more veggies in the foods we eat. You can’t ever go wrong with MORE veg.
The first thing we made was this Beefy Cheesy Pasta Bake.
I LOVE PASTA. Kevin not so much. I love baked cheesy pasta. That’s Kevin’s least favorite. (He says it’s something about the pasta in casseroles not being al dente or something.) Yeah, he ate this right up. ;) How sneaky!
- 1 box of dried pasta (I used Sneaky Chef veggie elbows – they cook up white!)
- 1 jar of sauce (I used Sneaky Chef Smooth Red)
- 1 pound of ground beef
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup of sour cream
- 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat a large skillet and brown the ground beef over medium high heat.
- Add the jar of sauce to the browned beef.
- Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
- Simmer beef and sauce mixture.
- Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Once cooked drain well and rinse with cold water.
- Stir together the sour cream, salt and black pepper. Stir this mixture into the noodles.
- Layer half the noodles in the baking dish. top with half the meat, and half the mozzarella .
- Top with the remaining noodles, meat and rest of the cheese.
- Bake 30 minutes until bubbling and all the cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve hot.
The next thing we tried was super simple. Just elbows and sauce. A nice hot lunch came together in like 10 minutes for the kids and I one afternoon (and most of that time was boiling.) I made the Sneaky Chef Veggie Elbows and topped them with a jar of Cheesy Red. YUM! It’s kind of orange-ish because of the cheese and that reminded the kids of mac-n-cheese. So, they were pleased. It was devoured!
We also got to try the No-Nut Butter. OH MY! I’m actually not a huge fan of peanut butter. (I’m way more of a cookie butter
kind of girl — seriously…if you don’t know what cookie butter is, you must try it — like right this minute. GO!) The No-Nut Butter has a little bit of a different taste and texture than peanut butter, it’s actually more like cookie butter. So it was a win for me! The kids liked it, too. So far we’ve just tried it in PB&J sandwiches, but I would like to make these cookies with it and see how that turns out.
Would you like to win an AWESOME Sneaky Chef package? You’ll get to try the whole line. Enter below!
And for my local readers….
The Sneaky Chef joins Remke Markets “A Taste of Learning”. Free and open to the public!
Saturday, December 7, 2013, Noon –2:00 PMRemke Market Florence Location 6920 Burlington Pike Florence KY 41042
- Fun for the whole family.
- Sneaky Chef Miss Chase Lapine will be there in person to teach a Sneaky Chef Cooking class.
- Learn how to disguise super-foods in your kids favorite meals.
- Q & A with The Sneaky Chef herself.
- Fun interactive demos.
- Coloring and face painting.
- Meet a Taste of Learning character.
- “I Spy” activity.
- Prize Wheel.
If you are in the area, please stop by! It is going to be so much sneaky fun!