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Friday, July 19, 2013

Mighty Mouse Pasta Sauce


TGIF!  And a hot, steamy Friday it is.  It's going to feel like one big, smoggy sauna in Toronto today.  Lovely.  And the day started off beautifully with a 4:30am wake up for me because Little A had a pee accident in her bed.  Super lovely. 

Anyways...

If you're a parent then you know how frustrating it is to feed kids.  One day they can't get enough of a particular food, the next they won't touch it.  For a few years, Little A couldn't get enough of my Kiddie Alfredo pasta.  I am not exaggerating when I say she would ask for it for at least 2 out of 3 meals a day.  Then one day I put a bowl of it in front of her and she threw it across the table and screamed that she would not eat it, it was disgusting.  In fact, she wouldn't eat any noodles or pasta for a few months. 

This was tough for Big A who started really liking pasta.  After years of refusing to eat any tomato-based pasta dishes, she sampled a few I made for Adam and I and decided she liked them.  It still took a few tries to come up with something that satisfied my nutritional requirements and was acceptable to her.  This is the winner!  The best part is how easy it is...and the fact that it has veggies hidden in it.  It's not that she doesn't eat veggies knowingly, actually she's pretty good about that now.  But when it's already in the sauce, I don't have to worry about making a separate vegetable dish to serve on the side, which is nice on a busy week night.  Also, Little A isn't as good at eating veggies, and although she whines when I make this, she ends up gobbling down a bowl anyways. 

Mighty Mouse Pasta Sauce

1 jar bottled 4 cheese tomato pasta sauce (your favorite brand, just make sure it doesn't contain sugar or other crap)
2 cups fresh or frozen cauliflower, steamed until very soft and then put into the food processor until very finely chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Optional (if your kids are 'adventurous': fresh minced garlic, fresh or dried herbs, etc.

Whole grain pasta

Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan over medium low heat until hot.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add desired amount to cooked pasta and serve.  Extra sauce can be frozen for future use.

Have a great weekend.  Stay cool and healthy, I'll be back on Monday.