Cooking Through Deceptively Delicious

DSC_0337Yes, those are pumpkin cupcake liners in February!
Now that I have reprioritized my time, one of my goals is cooking.  I would like to have a few more healthy recipes under my belt.  My goal :: to Julie & Julia my way through Deceptively Delicious.  I call it Ashley & Jessica Seinfeld.  I’m sure they will make a movie.
In her book she uses vegetable or fruit purees in all her recipes.  Her goal is to sneak in nutrients in everyday cooking staples. 
My goal is to tackle one recipe a week.  I have already learned a lot just by actually sitting down and really looking at the book.  Because apparently you are supposed to cook the vegetables before you puree them.  Makes sense now why my non-cooked cauliflower puree mashed potatoes was not a hit!
This week I made applesauce muffins which included applesauce and carrot puree.  The oatmeal crumble on top is delicious enough on it’s own…but topped on each muffin…even better. 
Healthy, comforting, tasty muffins for me to snack on all week and still guilt free.  It is when I prepare in advance to have good snacks around the house that I am less susceptible to making bad eating choices. 
Besides the health benefits, it really was very relaxing to bake and puree without rushing.  And to know that what I was making would benefit our family and not follow up with guilt.  Having my apron on, being in the kitchen, a familiar hobby I had pushed to the side lately.  So glad to embrace the things I love again. 
If you want to join me, pick up a copy of Deceptively Delicious and let me know which recipes you are trying! 
What do you love to do around the house {and perhaps have not been making time for}?
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