I’ve got two picky eaters. The big kid has a lot of food aversions (textures, tastes/flavors), which is pretty common for people on the spectrum. The little kid will try new foods with greater frequency, but she loves noodles with butter.
We’ve tried so many different brands of pasta, trying to find something that tastes great and has good nutrition. a lot of veggie-based pasta gets weird and gummy when cooked, so has a weird flavor, and then there’s the “zero pasta” which is stinky even after you spend twenty minutes rinsing it.
Enter ZenB Pasta! Made from 100% yellow peas, including the skins. It comes in a variety of pasta varieties: Penne, Elbows, Rotini, Spaghetti, and Agile.
It’s an amazing source of protein and fiber. It’s gluten-free and vegan!
Both kids tried ZenB over the weekend and loved it. They both asked for seconds, which is unheard of. I love that it’s a great source of protein- it’s hard to get protein into kiddo sometimes.
If you want to check it out, The ZenB website currently has a free shipping offer, when you shop here.
And if you are looking for some new sauces, ZENB has the hook-up! ZENB Gourmet Pasta Sauce, made from WHOLE vegetables, for a rich depth of flavor.
We eat a lot of veggies in this house, but recently I picked up a few pounds of bulk hot Italian sausage and I was jonesing for a meaty baked pasta dish. We don’t eat a lot of meat, so 1 pound for this recipe is a lot for us. If you are a big meat eater, you can add up to an extra pound of sausage to make it extra meaty.
This recipe makes a lot, but, it keeps well for leftovers and you can freeze leftovers as well.
Meaty Baked Pasta
1 box pasta (whatever variety you like best), cooked per package directions
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
2 T. butter or oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 medium-sized zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves of garlic, minced
32 oz of your favorite red pasta sauce
1 small can of tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups mozzarella, divided
1 cup parmesan/romano blend cheese, divided
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta per directions, drain off the water, reserving 2-3 Tablespoons.
In a large pan, cook and crumble Italian sausage. After it is cooked, drain it on a paper towel.
Using the same pan, saute onion and pepper for 10-15 minutes, until the onions are clear and have started to caramelize.
Add in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
Add in zucchini, sauce, and tomato paste- cook until sauce comes to a simmer.
Add meat back in, and stir to combine.
Add reserved pasta water to the sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
In a baking dish layer sauce, pasta, cheese, and sauce. Repeat until the baking dish is full and top with the remaining cheese.
Cover the baking dish with a lid or tented foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove the lid/foil and cook another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve with a green salad and garlic bread!
This recipe made a 9×13 baking dish, which will serve 6-8 people a hearty portion.
If you need more veggies in your life, add carrots, drained diced petite tomatoes, more peppers, and even a few handfuls of spinach!
This meal was so satisfying. I’ve had leftovers for lunch twice now.
I ended up with extra sauce, and I plan on making calzones with it.
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Yesterday we had an amazing dinner! We’re still without a full-size fridge, so we’re without meat or a lot of our usual ingredients, thankfully Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto to the rescue! I paired the pesto with farfalle (bowtie pasta), and roasted veggies. It was tasting, filling, and a great way to get veggies into your kiddos.
I wrote down the recipe to share with you. The Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce is so rich and creamy and pairs really well with the veggies I chose.
While veggies are roasting, bring a pot of water to a boil.
Cook pasta per box directions.
Reserve 3 T. of pasta water when draining cooked pasta.
Mix a jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto into the cooked pasta.
Add roasted veggies to the pasta/sauce mixture. Stir to combine.
Serve with a little extra parmesan cheese, as needed.
This is a great, easy dish that’s perfect for meat-free nights. This Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is so versitile. In addition to using on pasta, it makes a great veggie dip (I might be guilty of dipping some of the raw veggies into the jar while I was cooking), a sandwich spread (in place of mayo or mustard), or for marinating meat. Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto does not need to be heated prior to eating, and it’s shelf-stable prior to opening. You can find it in the store near the jarred pasta sauces. I found it at Target, but you can also find it on Amazon.
Giveaway: I want to share Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto with you! I’ve got 2 coupons each for one free jar (up to $3.99) of Barilla Pesto (expiration 12/31/2021). I will choose 2 winners on 10/8/2021 and notify them via email.
Entering is easy: Leave a comment on this blog post with how you would use Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto!
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Olive Garden in the big kid’s favorite “grown-up” restaurant (aka they have cloth napkins). He saw a commercial for this deal the other day and told me I had to tell the internet about it.
Olive Gardens Buy One, Take One deal is back for a limited time. The complete list can be found here.
The basics of the deal are that you order a meal to eat in the restaurant from the list above (complete with the soup or salad and breadsticks that you all know and love), and you get to take home another prepped meal (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce*, Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, or Cheese Ravioli) sans soup/salad and breadsticks (although you usually can snag a couple extra breadsticks in a doggy bag if you ask your waitperson nicely).
And don’t forget that Olive Garden has a loyalty club too! You earn points with every purchase, and points can be redeemed for freebies like non-alcoholic drinks, appetizers, entrees, kids meals, and desserts. You can sign up on their website, or in the restaurant at your table on the little Zoosk kiosks.