Colorful Fusilli With Squash & Beans

Pasta is our go-to because our little guy loves it all the time. At 15 months, I think he prefers things he can grab with his little hands, and the fun shapes (remember how you used to love wagon wheels?) and colors don’t hurt either.

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Easy Veggie Pasta For Toddlers

Three words for busy parents:

Don’t cook.

Assemble.

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What: A simple method for customizable veggie pasta for your toddler.

When: Whenever you’ve got spare vegetable ingredients, simply chop them small and store them in the fridge in handy little containers. ย You can add your favorite pantry or frozen veggie items when you’re ready to serve.

Why:ย It’s a fact that the less you heat veggies, the more of their all-important nutrients are preserved. Assembling meals with pre-prepped raw and (healthily) canned components means you’re always just minutes away from creating a custom dish. Just add theย pre-cooked pasta of your choice (choose kid-friendly shapes like orzo or macaroni). You’ll also never waste odd amounts of leftovers again!

How: Our secret weapon – a little melted, salted butter poured over your pasta knits all the flavors together making it irresistible to kids.

Easy Veggie Pasta For Toddlers

INGREDIENTS:

Minced Raw Zucchini (peeled first)

Minced Tomatoes

Canned Beans (choose BPA-free brands such as Westbrae)

Minced Fresh Baby Spinach (we like Earthbound Farms Organic – it’s pre-washed)

Cooked Pasta of your choice

1 pat of melted, Salted Organic Butter, per serving

METHOD:ย 

Combine all the above ingredients and stir in melted butter. Serve right away!