Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Was a Crowd Pleaser

This recipe was one I got from Super Healthy Kids, and modified a bit. It didn't look like anything special, but my husband asked me to add it to the rotation, (a very good sign) and it was the first dinner that Drew has voluntarily eaten in a week. Parker also gave it a thumbs up. Paige will eat anything, so take that for what it's worth. To see the original recipe, click here.

Pasta and Veggies with Sauce:
For the sauce:
Melt 3 Tbsp. butter and whisk in 3 Tbsp. flour to make a roux. Let simmer for 1 minute, then add 1 c. broth, 1/2 tsp. oregano, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. At this point, I thought it looked more like gravy than a pasta sauce so I added some milk, (maybe 3/4 c.?) and a couple handfuls of cheese. I used a mix of cheddar and parmesan, probably totalling about a cup, (I'm pretty heavy-handed with cheese). Am I fired from the blog? I know that probably totally "unhealthified" that recipe.....but it sure made it tasty.

For the veggies:
Saute 1/2 onion in olive oil until tender. Add 2 cloves of garlic, 2 c. cauliflower, 2 c. broccoli, and 1 pkg. peas. Sir in 1/2 c. broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until veggies are tender.

Toss all of the above together with 1 box of cooked whole wheat linguine. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan on top.

Here's where I have a question....I noticed at the grocery store that there are all sorts of different labels for the "brown" pasta. What's the best? I bought some that said "whole grain" but is that as good for you as whole wheat? Is that like buying "wheat bread" instead of "100% whole wheat?"


  1. Sounds yummm! And about the pasta- I think it's a - got to check the ingredient list thing. Some of them contain a variety of grains- wheat along with flax seed etc. and stay 100 whole wheat, but others don't. I know that some of the white-but-enhanced kinds use a rice flour instead of wheat but I don't know if they use brown rice or white. I would assume brown but I don't know. My favorite seriously is walmart brand. The ONLY ingredient listed, as in the ONLY one is Durum Whole Wheat Flour. No additives, preservatives, nothin. If you see anything else we should know be sure to tell us!

  2. I meant 100 percent whole grain with the flax seed one- not "100 whole wheat"... whatever that is.