The other day my friend, Joanne, posted a recipe on facebook that caught my interest. It seemed easy enough and was really open to adaptations. Here is my version of what she made based on what I had left over in my freezer and pantry.
Fast and Light Baby/Toddler Meal
*You don’t have to be exact on these and you can substitute just about anything! Have fun with it!
5-6 baby carrots- cut either into small rounds or thin slices (I did slices)
1 1/2 c baby twist noodles
frozen vegetables of choice (I had about 1/8 c of mixed veggies and some sweet peas that I used)
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil (or butter)
1 tsp cilantro (her original recipe called for pesto but season it however you want!)
1/4 c Orange-Ginger marinade or sauce
about 2 c water
Get out a small saucepan. Add water, salt, and olive oil/butter to pan and bring to a boil. Throw in the carrots and set the timer for 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up, add the frozen vegetables (I ended up adding around 1/2 c total) and the baby twists. Set the timer for 5 minutes. When the timer is done, remove the pot from the heat, add cilantro, cover, and let stand for 5-10 more minutes or until everything is soft. Drain and rinse with cool water twice. Gently stir in the Orange-Ginger sauce. Serve!
This recipe made enough for me to feed both B and Row as well as store two more small bowls in the fridge for later.
Give it a whirl! My kids loved it and it was so easy to make. I made it according to what I had on hand and to accommodate B’s lactose intolerance. Joanne’s original recipe called for pesto and a soft cheese in place of the cilantro and the marinade. She also used corn instead of peas. But really the idea is the same: carrots, noodles, small frozen vegetable, seasoning, sauce, and you’re rolling! Tell me what you thought or variations you tried!