Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase Lapine
When I received this book to review, I knew the recipes would be perfect for starting the 2017 New Year off right. Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase Lapine is more than a cookbook; it is a healthy way to hide sneaky veggies in your meals!
Part One of the book talks about prep, the My Blends Cleanse™, and how to get blends into everyday meals. The prep part has lots of great tips and ideas. I’m still not sure how I feel about cleanses, so I honestly didn’t delve into this chapter with any zeal. There are a lot of great ways for me to be healthier by getting the blends into my daily routine though.
The key to hiding veggies in your meals is mainly contained in the “Base Blends” in Part 2 of the book. There are five ‘base blends’: White, Orange, Green, Red, and Purple. There are three variations of each color blend. The recipes in the book each contain one of the colors of the ‘base blends’. That’s where your veggies become sneaky and tip-toe into the recipe! Part 2 also gives you the recipes and they are broken into non-conventional chapters.
- Wake covers the breakfast recipes. With recipes like Chocolate Crepes, and Broccoli-Cheddar Mini Frittata, I know my boys will love these recipes.
- Plate covers main courses, and light lunches. The boys really like the Quinoa-Crusted Chicken Parm with Roasted Green Beans. I’ve developed a taste for the Baja Veggie Tacos for lunch because they are easy, filling, and so healthy!
- Nibble has all those dip, spread, and portable snack options. I have to tell you, the Cauliflower Parmesan Biscuits are so good. The way they taste, no one will ever know they are eating healthy and have less than half the calories!
- Sip is obviously drinks; both smoothies and nourishing drinks. This chapter is small, and has mostly ‘detox’ drinks. I have to admit the Purple Detox Lemonade is delicious. If you make ice cubes with it, they taste great in water, or iced tea (green or black!).
- Indulge is where you find those sweets that we can’t seem to do without! Sorbets, gelatos, cupcakes, brownies, and even Whoopie Pies; you certainly won’t feel sweets deprived!
Ok, this book scared me just a little when I first got it. I’ve never been a huge ‘prepper’, but after making just a couple of recipes from this book, I have prepped out the base blends that I know I’ll use the most. They freeze well, and recipes like the Single Serve Mac-and-Cheese (which I quadruple to make as a side for meals!) make me an avid believer in this book. This Mac-and-Cheese has 3x fewer calories than regular mac-and-cheese, which makes it great for me. It’s also loaded with cauliflower and carrots, which make it great for the whole family!
Missy Chase Lapine is best known for her “Sneaky Chef ” series of books including her New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. In addition to the 7 Sneaky Chef books, Missy is also the founder of Sneaky Chef Foods LLC. She has appeared on Today and made hundreds of other television, print, and radio appearances. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Daily Meal and a member of the Children’s Advisory Council for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. You can find her on her blog, TheSneakyChef.com, as well as the following social media –