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1. Spaghetti Cake

Spaghetti made into a… cake? Sounds like a foolproof plan to us! Most households with kids typically have leftover spaghetti in the fridge on any given day. This recipe helps you turn those blah leftovers into a thick and filling, comforting dish with crisp edges and a soft center.

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2. Pretty Pink Pasta

Punch up your pasta by making it pretty in pink. No icky food dyes are used to accomplish this. Beetroot is the secret ingredient that provides the fun hue. This process takes less than five minutes, so it’s a quick and easy way to add a dazzling effect to dinner.

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3. Flour-free Faux Pasta Zucchini Lasagna

Older kiddos who have grown accustomed to eating and enjoying their veggies (and of course adults) will appreciate this healthy version of classic lasagna. Zucchini replaces the lasagna noodles, stacked along with eggplant, caramelized onions, mushrooms and spinach, all topped with a mouth-watering raw tomato sauce, this meal is also vegan and gluten-free.

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4. Lemon Herb Spaghetti in less than 10 Minutes

If your kids aren’t quite that adventurous at meals, you may want to start them off with a dish that offers some subtle sophistication initially — pairing the familiar noodle with some lemon and garlic. Add the herbs for those who will delight in their flavors. This is a great meal to whip up if you have unexpected dinner guests and need to feed everyone from tiny tots to adults in one fell swoop, quickly.

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5. Zucchini Noodles with Peas and Onion Pesto

Zoodles, or zucchini noodles are becoming more and more popular as a replacement for noodles made of wheat or rice. We show you how to pair these veggie noodles with a tasty pesto, and this dish is as delectable served warm or cold so it makes delightful picnic fare.

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6. Vegan, Gluten-free Pumpkin Gnocchi

Gnocchi makes such a fun finger food for toddlers, and making this Italian dish from scratch isn’t as daunting as you think. You can make and serve up these delectable dumplings in about 15 minutes! The recipe also calls for yummy pumpkin, and we think your kiddos will gobble these up.

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