As a wife and mother I am constantly battling the family on food choices. I want them to eat somewhat healthy and drink water and they don’t. So I’ve learned to pick my battles and HIDE the veggies in foods they like. Case in point, this week I was crunched on time and wanted to do something simple like pasta. Although I frequently us whole wheat pasta as a healthier option, when we do pasta night, it never comes with a side of veggies …….. Unless I hide them.
I boiled my garden veggie pasta al dente, then grabbed a baking dish and started layering. Stuffing in as many veggies as possible.
Each time covering the veggies with a little sauce and cheese.
Then bake til bubbly & everyone is happy.
This was so easy and can be done with a variety of veggies but I used what I had on hand. Please feel free to change it up to suit your family!
1 box of garden veggie pasta cooked al dente
1.5 jars pasta sauce
2 chicken breasts cooked & shredded
1 bag of shredded cheese
1/2 bag of fresh spinach
1 box mushrooms
Garlic & Italian Seasoning to taste.
I sprayed the baking dish with cooking spray and started layering: sauce, veggies, pasta, chicken, cheese, spices, sauce, repeat. Bake at 425 degrees until bubbly, which was about 35 minutes in my oven.
Don’t be afraid to hide the veggies on your family too! I do it all the time and most of the time they don’t seem to mind too much
although if I put spinach in Aby’s scrambled eggs one more time she may take over the cooking!. Good luck!
** Happy HEALTHY Eating ** Amanda – TooTallFritz