My kids love pasta. LOVE. When they’ll eat nothing else, they’ll eat pasta with butter, salt, and pepper. They must have pepper just like Daddy. My challenge is always to find food they’ll eat that Joe and I will also enjoy. Don’t get the idea that I cook a from-scratch meal every night. Some nights the boys have hot dogs. (Have you tried Applegate Farms Organic Beef Hot Dogs? I keep them stocked up in my deep freeze.) Some nights we do meatloaf. That’s another sure-fire kid pleaser. And then there’s Chipotle. Home run there. Every single time. I just wish they had a drive-thru so I didn’t have to schlep the kids into the restaurant.
But every now and then, Joe and I need a good, grown-up style home-cooked meal to feel normal. Too much meatloaf makes us a little crazy. This pasta dish does the trick.
Here’s what I love about this meal – it’s easy to serve in parts. I can serve pasta in one bowl, veggies in another, and a third bowl with pasta and veggies tossed together. As much as I wish it wasn’t so, I have one kid who won’t touch the veggies and pasta if they’re mixed together but will go to town on them individually. I put this in the ‘battle I’m not fighting’ category.
If you’re like me and don’t care so much about the pasta, make the veggies as a side dish. Or serve them over rice or with quinoa. The prep work is worth every single bite. A mandolin makes quick work of the zucchini prep. I found that the carrots were too hard to be cut effectively on my mandolin. Dropping the veggies in water for a quick-cook leaves them tender and still full of nutrients.
Share your favorite kid-friendly & adult-pleasing meals with me!
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