Even the pickiest pint-sized eaters like pasta; and we're betting you have a pantry full of every variety of noodle from angel hair to fusili as a mealtime staple. But if you're as bored as we are of boiling up and serving the same old noodles to your kids, it's time to break out of the (pasta) box and put a fresh spin on what you typically dish out. Read on for six delicious recipes that step up your pasta game, while still appealing to your little ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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