I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve had fast-food anything in the past 10 years…but “fast-food”, that is to say, foods that can be prepared quickly, do have their place in our family’s meal repertoire.
With Guppy and Monsieur F. home every day for lunch, I try to keep things interesting, nutritious and affordable. And quick. While there are lots of healthy and delicious things that I can whip up in just minutes, not all of them pass the Guppy-test, but this one does and it’s ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
I’m not going to complain here : our daughter was the easiest kid in the world to feed for 4 years. She’d eat just about anything from spicy lentil curries to tapanade. She’d have her moments, but generally was very easy to please. However, since turning 5 she’s gone into a more curious food-phase where she likes everything, sometimes. One day she’ll love artichokes, the next will gag on them. I let it go, because as my dear Mamafish would say, “if she’s hungry, she’ll eat.”, but it is still nice to see her clean her plate. Broccoli, peas, spinach and mushrooms are still her top 5 foods, so I try to use them as often as possible, and will sub one of the above for the peas in this dish…but I didn’t want to lose the cute name and call it “Mushy-peasy Pasta” or “Easy-ccoli Pasta”. But maybe I should?
For the child who doesn’t like rice or peanut butter & jelly sammies.
500 g whole-wheat pasta (mini-macaronis are our favourite)
Pot full of boiling, salted water
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp non-dairy butter
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
3 tbsp soy cream, soy yogurt or non-dairy milk (in order of preference)
2 to 3 handfuls frozen peas, rinsed under hot water
1 or 2 diced meatless-dogs or sausage (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1) Prepare the pasta according to package instructions.
2) While the pasta is boiling, sautée the onion in the olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes or so.
3) Add the balsamic vinegar and set heat to low, stirring to keep the onion from sticking, then add the butter, soy cream and peas and stir until combined.
4) Drain the pasta and return to the pot, add the balsamic onion mixture and the nutritional yeast and stir until combined. Add optional soydogs (if you’re in North America you can use Yves and I’m jealous!) and salt and pepper.
5) Youppie! Eat a happy meal with your kidlet!
*I feel kind of guilty calling this a recipe, because it’s just pasta…but pasta with stuff, makes it fancier, right?
My family would inhale this down. It’s like one of those comfort foods. I love peas!
Oh and you should head on out to California and stay with us. I’d love to take you around to some wineries and stuff.
You’ve totally got a deal!
so awesome, Shelly – if it’s Guppy-approved i just know we’ll love it! any pasta with nickels (sliced up tofu-pups) is a winner in my bool – especially when you add in nooch, balsamic, and lots of tasty peas! mmmmmm!
so awesome, Shelly – if it’s Guppy-approved i just know we’ll love it! any recipe with nickels (sliced tofu-pups) is a winner in my book – especially when you go and add in nooch, peas ‘n balsamic. mmmmmmm!
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That is almost identical to my son’s favorite meal. Except I usually use Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for the cream/yogurt and don’t put in the vinegar. (But now will have to try it!) He calls his “noodles and peas.”
Our two little ones have so much in common…we could be in-laws some day!?! 😉
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I always turn to pasta when I need a quick meal. Guppy has a great top 5 list–good job, mama!
I’m just a lucky Mama, I think!
Broccoli and peas are on my top five list, too!
That’s because you’re both awesome.
Hehe this looks exactly like my I’m-too-lazy-to-cook meal! Love it!
Great gourmets think alike!