Getting Kids to Eat More Veggies with Pasta #PastaFits #MC8:59 PM
I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
You may remember a few weeks ago when I shared a recipe we made from the Pasta Fits website. As a Pasta Fits Ambassador, my family and I are really enjoying making delicious and easy meals from their website, but I love their website for a whole other reason. See, my youngest is a veggiephobe. Yes, I completely made that word up. So what? He would rather die than put most vegetables in his mouth. On the other hand, he loves pasta. So, I have mastered the art of hiding veggies in his pasta meals that we make from PastaFits.org.
Did you know that you can puree vegetables up in a pasta sauce and never even know they are there? The meals on the Pasta Fits website are all healthy and well balanced, meaning they are not all full of heavy sauces and tons of cheese, but instead, incorporate plenty of lean meats and fresh veggies.
Tonight as I made the "Healthy stuffed shells" recipe from the website, I was a little nervous. The recipe called for both frozen spinach and shredded carrots. Not wanting to push my luck, I decided just to put the carrots in this time. The trick worked! My youngest said "Mmm it smells so good I just want to chomp it," and chomp it he did. He finished all his shells and didn't even notice the carrots.
So, next time, I will add the spinach and since he knows he likes the shells, he will actually try it. That is my tip, don't try to do too much too soon when you have a child who hates veggies. Give them a chance to grow to like them.
Healthy Shells Recipe
Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a bowl.
Fill the shells and cover with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
You can find the full Healthy Shells Recipe on the Pasta Fits website. October is National Pasta Month, so head on over to PastaFits.org for he latest nutritional information and tons of great recipes. Get cooking tips, and even check out the fun Pasta Shapes Dictionary that tells you what pasta goes well in what dishes! Be sure to follow Pasta Fits on Facebook for the latest recipes, news and promotions.