Whatever-you-got Holiday Pasta2015-03-08
- Servings : 2 - 4 toddler
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 10m
- Ready In : 15m
Whatever-you-got Holiday pasta
Not just for holidays, this pasta is a great, simple meal that the kids will love.
Heading away on holidays soon? Here are some of our top tips for holiday eating:
- Keep your meal schedule: Having a good mealtime schedule helps to determine when the kids are hungry and when they are bored or overtired. A meal time schedule can be flexible, but it is a great constant amongst the holiday chaos and feeding the kids when they are hungry will mean the holiday is more relaxed for everyone.
- Stay active: While there is often a good deal of time spent in the car or plane, the family is often on-the-go more than usual. Keeping active and providing lots of open space to run around helps compensate for any over-eating.
- Fresh food is fast food: Take advantage of buffet fruit bowls or stop at roadside fresh food stands. You can use fresh fruits as a snack while in the car or between meals to keep up the fresh food.
- Focus on variety: Sometimes you don’t have much choice with the food you are provided on holidays. Sometime it’s best to focus on the variety of food they are eating, it’s also a great time for your kids to try new foods in a non-confronting way.
- Get creative: If you are having a really hard time trying to find a decent meal for the kids, it doesn’t hurt to ask the hotel or resort for an adapted meal.
Nutrition Note: If your baby or toddler loves pasta, make the most of it by stirring through a variety of veggies. Fussy eaters may be more likely to give them a try when they’re served alongside one of their favourite foods.
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- 1 tbso olive oil
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped ‘whatever-you-got vegetables’*
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ cup grated cheese
- 2 cups cooked pasta spirals
- *Vegetable suggestions: broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, grated carrot or zucchini, corn kernels, kale or spinach roughly chopped
Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the cup of ‘whatever-you-got vegetables’ and water and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender -
Lower the heat, add the cooked pasta and stir through the cheese. Once melted and well combined, remove from the heat -
Allow to cool just enough so that the cheese binds the mixture together slightly. You can then mash and spoon-feed for younger babies or let the older ones feed themselves -
Tip: use whatever veggies you have on hand or buy small quantities perfect for this simple seasonal pasta -
Storage: store in the fridge and consume within 24 hours. -
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