My Favorite Kid Friendly Recipe
No one wants to make a crazy recipe with a bunch of ingredients that takes forever to make just for their kiddo to barely touch it. I love cooking and often end up with families who want their nanny to cook or meal prep along with the normal childcare. Like I said I love cooking, but I hate making over complicated recipes and I really hate giving kids food they don’t like especially if they are not necessary for the children’s health and dietary needs. We always try new things, but if you honestly try something and are already getting enough healthy foods in you then there is no need force feed a kid red peppers when they will happily eat broccoli or carrots instead. Take a look at my easy peasy recipe (more like a guide) and meal prep plan for simple kiddo approved meals.
If you have the time I highly recommend having a meal prep day. This could mean letting the kiddos do some independent play or cooking during nap-time time. It may seem like a lot, but if you are making meals everyday already this will save a lot of time the rest of the week.
Ingredients/things you need.
1lb whole wheat pasta of choice. Personally I use penne, but anything works. Kiddo can even choose! You made need more than 1lb depending on the number of children.
Red pasta sauce. I use tomato and basil, but any pasta sauce works.
Garlic. Jarred or freshly chopped. Not dried or powder.
4-6 Veggies of choice. I use broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, peas, spinach, and zucchini, but any will do. The amount depends on the number of children and their portion sizes. After doing this a couple of times you will find what works best for your needs. Feel free to add more veggies if you have other favorites not listed.
Steamer! I personally use a metal steaming basket like this one.
Reusable containers. I use glass! Most plastic is not safe when heated and that includes being heated by hot food being put in it. Also glass will last a longer!
Of course regular cooking utensils like spatulas, spoons, pots, and pans. If you are making this recipe you should already have all of these.
Ready to Cook? Let’s GO!
Cook 1lb (more for multiple children) of whole wheat pasta of your choice according to bag instructions.
Separately steam, saute, or bake your choices of veggies. Each veggie should be cooked separately. Make the veggies how you and your kiddos like them best. I most steam, but baking or sauteing is great too! Don’t overcook!
Place veggies into separate containers.
Saute garlic in olive oil. Set aside.
Separate pasta into two containers.
That’s it! You now have everything ready for several lunches, dinners, or sides for the week. This normally takes me an hour if I am focused or 1.5-2 hrs if I have other things to do as well. When you are ready to serve mix and match pasta and veggies to create different meal options for kiddos. Let them get involved! This is more of a guide than a recipe to follow to the T. Use the veggies/pasta/spice you like best to make this your own.
Once all the food has been put into containers and cooled keep them in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
Mix and Match Pasta and veggies to create different meal options for kiddos.
(optional) With younger kids that are still transitioning out of baby food, I pulse the veggie/pasta creation in a food processor to make it easier and safer to eat.
That’s it! You now have everything ready for several lunches, dinners, or sides for the week. This normally takes me an hour if I am focused or 1.5-2hrs if I have other things to do as well. When you are ready to serve mix and match pasta and veggies to create different meal options for kiddos. Let them get involved! This is more of a guide than a recipe to follow to the T. Use the veggies/pasta/spice you like best to make this your own.
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