It is all about marketing when you are dealing with picky eaters. Audrey is 5 now and will repeat back to me the words I have used to sell things to her. When I say no to a cookie sample at the grocery store or a donut on the way home from school she quickly replies that they have too much sugar and processed flour. But she still asks.
Maurene is still a little young and could care less about all the sugar or food dyes in the snack she is coveting. She wants it and will beg in hopes that I will give in. That is why I am trying to find new ways to provide healthy food options to my children so they can have their cake and eat it too.
To start down that road we are eating healthier, unprocessed, plant-based meals more. Like Spaghetti Soup! I got the idea from a yummy cookbook called Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash, R.D. That's us, busy! Her recipe is called Buckwheat Noodle Bowl with Edamame & Ginger. Since I did not have buckwheat noodles, edamame, or ginger I decided to make Spaghetti Soup.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 lb spaghetti noodles
- 1 cup frozen peas
optional additional ingredients:
- sun dried tomatoes
- baby bella mushrooms
- sauteed swiss chard
Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute 3 minutes. Stir in carrot and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add broth and turn heat up to high. Once boiling add noodles and cook for 8 minutes. Add peas for last minute of cook time. Remove pot from heat and serve. If adding mushrooms saute them in a separate pan and add after broth. sun dried tomatoes or chard can be added with broth as well.
While I was gathering the ingredients for this meal Audrey ran into the kitchen and begged to help. She was so willing to help I was able to get her to load the dishwasher and clear off the table first. Then I had her add the pasta and stir the noodles. Even small amount of helping makes the children feel included.
|Eat your spaghetti soup with chopsticks. And slurp.|
I didn't get any photos of the girls helping so I snapped this one of Audrey eating. She used her spoon to consume the liquid first and then started in on the noodles. I like to eat my noodles first and soup next. Kids, sheesh.