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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kiddie Alfredo

The other day Big A asked me to make pasta for dinner. I was not pleased because she and Little A NEVER eat pasta when I make it, no matter how I make it. Even if she likes it, Big A will eat 2 bites and Little A will not usually even try it, she'll just scream when I put it on her tray and throw it on the floor. But if there is one thing I've learned, when it comes to food (and other things), kids are unpredictable and inconsistent. So I relented. I got home and rifled through the fridge and cupboards and came up with this recipe. To my surprise and delight, both girls loved it! Big A ate her whole serving and wanted more, but I had only made a tiny amount since I didn't think they'd actually eat it (I've multiplied the recipe here but you can half it or double it again depending on who you're making it for). Little A ate 1.5 servings. I was so shocked, I wasn't even that upset when she threw the remainder of her second serving on the floor or when she placed the bowl over her head. I left nothing to chance, but if your kids are more adventurous, you can add garlic, fresh parsley or other herbs, grilled chicken and/or veggies.

1/2 lb organic, whole grain fettuccini, broken into 1 inch pieces, cooked according to package directions (I used spelt because that's what I had open in the cupboard).
1/2 cup light cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Place cooked, drained pasta back in pasta pot over lowest heat on stove. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and mixed with pasta. Pour in parmesan and mix. Serve to your little ones!

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