The dish: Sesame noodles
The details: Kids love pasta. And that’s okay, but look for a variety of types of noodles, especially buckwheat, kamut, udon, which deliver protein, fiber and other nutrients and antioxidants. Just like the Barilla in your pantry, you boil water, add the noodles, and toss with sauce. To make super-fast sesame noodles: Add ground flaxseed, ground sesame and a little bit of sesame oil to buckwheat noodles. Toss with julienne cucumber and carrots and a little bit of shredded chicken. Bonus: sesame noodles can be served room temperature, unlike macaroni and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs.
And soup up your mac and cheese
The dish: Brainy mac and cheese
The details: Shino’s recipe for this toddler favorite plays on the same classic flavors but relies on whole foods, not a packaged powder. She melts three kinds of cheese (cheddar, Romano and Parmesan), adds ground flaxseed and wheat germ, and tosses in some grated carrots and grated red pepper. “It still has the same color palette so it’s the same yellowish/orangey dish that you would get with a package, but it has calcium, protein, DHA omega-3 fatty acids and some beta-carotene,” notes Shino. All your toddler will know is it tastes delicious.
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