Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mini Spaghetti Pies & #HAWMC

Toddler-sized dinner.

Yummy new ways to cook food! I think we are just going to have a rule that all food must be served muffin sized. Can we do a year-long challenge to only eat dinners we cook in our muffin tin like some food bloggers do with slow cookers or real food?

This idea can to be a little out of the blue but I have a feeling it was inspired by several pins on Pinterest. When I described it to Audrey she was excited so we tried it. The only change we will make is that next time we will make the mini pies a little smaller.

The original recipe is in the Better Homes and Garden's New Cookbook, but I have not made it for years!
  • 4 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 lb ground meat (we used a mixture of turkey and TVP)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
  • 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Break noodles in half and then cook according to package directions, drain and combine with beaten egg, Parmesan cheese, and butter in medium bowl. Divide mixture between 6-10 greased muffin tins (we used 6 and they were too full). Combine cottage cheese with beaten egg and divide mixture between tins. Cook meat and red pepper in a large skillet until meat is done. Stir in sauce. Spoon over cottage cheese mixture. Bake in a 350F oven for 20 minutes. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake another 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes and then remove from tins.

Maurene always cracks the eggs.

Filling tins with spaghetti

Topping with meat sauce.

Mom gets two.

I dare you to give a toddler frozen blueberries.

The Health Writers Activist Writer's Month Challenge prompt for today was to look at an image on Flickr and write about it. Since I did not have permission to post the image I decided to post my own image and write about it.

Dinner Family Style.

Why did I select this photo? Because it makes me think of fun yet healthy eating. As a family we are working to remove the challenges and preconceptions about healthy eating. For my girls this means trying new foods. I do not want this to be a forced experience so I let them have fun and serve their own meals. Eating dinner on the floor seemed like a great way to accommodate the girls and also make the meal different.

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  1. I love that your little ones help in the kitchen.

  2. What a fun picnic - looks like they did a great job cooking!

  3. Nice post. If you like real food you might enjoy this cartoon about the food pyramid.

  4. الاول خدماتها تغطى جميع انحاء المملكة فهى افضل شركات التنظيف بجدة ومكة والرياض وينبع والاحساء والدمام نتميز باننا نوفر افضل العماله المدربة الماهرة نقدم تنظيف منازل وخزانات وبيوت وفلل وشقق ومجالس وسجاد وموكيت
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بينبع
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بينبع

    تنظيف كنب بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء
    شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض
    افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل
    شركة نقل اثاث بجدة


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