Hospital Is First to Offer Sneaky Chef's Delicious Recipes Made With Hidden Veggies

Best-Selling Author Missy Chase Lapine to Donate Percentage of Her Book's Profits to Hospital's Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Nov 8, 2007


Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian is the first hospital in the United States to offer the Sneaky Chef's meals to its young patients, providing the healthy ingredients children's bodies need in the foods they already love. Missy Chase Lapine—a.k.a. the Sneaky Chef—adds vegetable and fruit purees that boost the nutrient quotient of the dishes while remaining completely imperceptible in taste and texture.

Even the pickiest eaters among the pediatric patients at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital will have cause for celebration—beginning today, the Sneaky Chef's delicious recipes are now on the menu. And their parents will be happy too—the recipes hide nutritious veggies in the yummiest comfort food.

Recipes include a versatile marinara sauce for pasta and an irresistible mac 'n' cheese—both that contain a "hidden" mix of sweet potatoes and carrots. Other Sneaky Chef recipes will be added in the coming months.

"Our young patients appreciate access to the comforts of home—whether it's access to video games, email or a delicious meal—while they receive top-quality medical care at our Hospital. The Sneaky Chef's ingenious and tasty recipes are sure to be enjoyed by our patients, while ensuring they get the nutrition they need," says Cynthia Sparer, executive director of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.

"I'm absolutely delighted to bring my 'sneaky' strategies to this prestigious hospital after having seen the success of my recipes in home kitchens across the country," says Ms. Lapine. "I commend Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for being ahead of the curve in offering these innovative recipes, which give kids more nutrients in the form of their favorite foods, at a time when they most need and appreciate the comfort of the familiar."

Ms. Lapine worked with the Hospital's food service department and operations managers for six months to adapt her recipes. Lapine and the Hospital conducted extensive taste tests with patients and staff, receiving extremely positive responses.

In addition, Ms. Lapine announced that she will be donating a percentage of the profits from sales of The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals to the Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. The Center is one of three chosen by the New York State Department of Health to identify and implement effective ways to reduce the number of obese and overweight school-aged children in the northern Manhattan community and statewide.

The Sneaky Chef

The Sneaky Chef is the brainchild of Missy Chase Lapine, former publisher of Eating Well magazine. When her youngest daughter proved to be the classic picky eater, Ms. Lapine used her culinary training to devise an innovative way to get healthy ingredients into the foods kids love. Her bestselling book—The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals (Running Press)—has earned Ms. Lapine legions of fans among moms, kids and food and health professionals. The book contains more than 100 recipes—including her signature "make-ahead" purées of superfoods. For more information, please visit

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian

Ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top ten children's hospitals in the country, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian offers the best available care in every area of pediatrics—including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric subspecialties—in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. Building a reputation for more than a century as one of the nation's premier children's hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian is affiliated with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is New York City's only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children and the largest provider of children's health services in the tri-state area with a long-standing commitment to its community. Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian is also a major international referral center, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through young adulthood worldwide.

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