Monday, June 7, 2010

giada's best recipes for kids

Even though I still don't believe Giada's little girl could eat with a fork on her first birthday (B.'s still hit and miss at 13 months) the lady does know her kids food. Respect. I've made both birthday recipes and they were awesome. Turkey meatballs and a creamy pasta with peas and carrots. T. makes fun of me for feeding B. so much pasta but it's hands down the best way to get him to eat vegetables. I've fed him peas, zucchini and spinach all buried under noodles and sauce. Whatever works, right? (All the below is tweaked slightly since I didn't have all the ingredients she called for in the house.)

Turkey Meatballs
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg lightly beaten
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
Pinch of mediterranean herbs
Pinch salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir together the breadcrumbs, egg, ketchup, parmesan, herbs, salt and pepper. Gently mix in the turkey meat. Roll into mini meatballs in the palm of your hand. Bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes.

Pasta with Peas and Carrots (this is the idiot's version I created, I'll make Giada's legit recipe at some other time when I'm feeling more ambitious and less rushed)
1/3 pound (or 1/3 box) of Farfalline or other small pasta
1 large carrot diced into small pieces
1/2 cup peas
2 ounces cream cheese
2 ounces goats cheese
2 tablespoons parmesan

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and throw in the pasta and carrots. Cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. For the last 2 minutes, throw in the peas. Drain the water but leave about 1/4 cup in the pot with the pasta and vegetables. Stir in the cream cheese, goats cheese and parmesan. Add a pinch of salt and peppers. Ta-da!

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