Hello Moms and Stylish readers:
First, I have to admit, I don't appreciate all those adds and recipes that are "kids friendly" and are apparently helping parents "camouglage the veggies for kids".
Do you ever frown upon kids menus in restaurants? Those are most often not developing a proper culinary pallette for the little ones.
Perhaps we don't mind putting veggie puree in baking or cooking as Jessica Seinfeld does in her book "Deceptively Delicious" . Because I actualy bought her book a long time ago, tried some and can admit it tastes good (veggie puree is good for "you" in anything or as a dip). Yet I do have a problem with the purpose of the book (deceiving kids) and if that is the only way a parent serves vegetables to children, it should be named "despicably strange"...smiles.
As busy as we get, it is sometimes hard to stay on top of our kids' nutrition requirements and one important part of their diet is IRON, so read here about all the Foods With Iron Rich Ingredients
Equally important for all of us and our children is wholesome foods and fiber rich foods.
My son is 4 and he is to be consuming about 19g of fiber a day! That is a lot considering that white flour or rice has hardly any! As they grow older (1st grade to teenage), they need 26g per day! Yes we eat tons of veggies and fruits, but that in itself won't be enough ... Rye bread instead of white is my choice, I grew up on rye only.
I have discovered that wholewheat pasta is nice but not as rich in fiber and protein as is "spelt" or "semolina" pasta!
And my son's this week favorite, Semolina Elbow Macaroni with Beef (of course, we are proudly Albertan's with the best beef in the world LOL).
YOU WILL NEED:
550g elbow spelt or semolina (containing higher amount of fibre) macaroni pasta, boiled al dente (rinse in cold water to stop it from continuing cooking after straining)
2 large onions
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or more as needed
1 medium large egg plant, diced
OR 3 cups mushrooms, cut up (3 portabellas)
2 medium peppers (red, yellow), cut up
2 lbs ground beef chuck
Salt, pepper to taste
1 tbsp oregano
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
Some bread crumbs
250g grated cheese (mix of Romano, gruyere and mozzarella) or your choice for baking
100g finely grated German Edam Cheese for serving
Preheat oven to 325 F when almost ready to put the dish in.
1. Boil pasta in water and strain when al dente, rinse in cold water.
2. Use one smaller steel or copper pot to fry onions (I used a cast iron here but it takes longer to fry onions & veggies in it than it would in a steel pot) with olive oil on low until golden (about 10 minutes) and add eggplant with dome salt. Fry until soft and browned adding olive oil as needed and adding peppers and just before eggplant is done, frying peppers only couple minutes.
3. In another large but enamelled cast iron pot fry beef with some small amount of olive oil, stir often making sure you separate all the ground beef into smaller bits, add salt and black pepper, adding minced garlic in the end when meat looks lightly browned. Then add both tomato paste cans and mix well. Sprinkle with sugar. Fry only a minute or so to get the flavour out from the tomatoes.
4. Add boiled macaroni and all the vegetables from the steel pot into the meet mixture and stir very well so it is completely blended together.
5. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and then with all the grated cheese mix.
6. Put in the oven at 325F for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
7. When serving you may top the plate with a freshly grated German Edam cheese for extra cheesy taste.
VERY HAPPY SON, HE NEVER ASKS FOR CANDY! I AM NOT KIDDING. HE EATS EVERYTHING I GIVE HIM AND IF NOT RIGHT AWAY, HE WILL TRY AND TRY AND TRY TASTING NEW FOODS UNTIL HE LIKES THEM. EASY ...THERE ARE NO PICKY EATERS, JUST UNDEVELOPED TASTE BUDS THAT NEED TO BE DEVELOPED...LOL.
So regular pasta has only 3g of fibre per serving. This semolina style product is a way better option as not only it doesn't taste so grainy like a regular whole wheat pasta but also the fibre is 8g per serving in addition to the higher amount of protein.
On another note and for us "mothers" and women who want to pamper themselves with good healty skin care and look beautiful, also adding volume to our hair when we have no time to wash it ... here are my fav products this week:
Naturopathica's antiaging mask, peel, vitamin c serum and plant serum:
When my hair is flat in the morning and not so full as it is after a blow dry styling, the only thing that helps is this B&B thickening dry finish!
Last but not least, interesting read about feeding kids healthy is at ORGALI.com!
HAVE a lovely week, getting facials perhaps (before the spring comes and hydrates our ever so dry skin with some more essential humidity), or if you choose using some natural products at home and of course eating healthy whole foods!