I never make pasta for dinner because I know I will end up eating too much of it. The suggested portion size is so small that I would basically be setting myself up for overeating. I was faced with a challenge this week. My week was thrown off because my food shopping schedule was different than usual. I usually do one big food shopping once a week and I’m pretty good about getting everything and remaining stocked until my next trip. Tonight I was challenged to make dinner with my fridge looking like this:
I really could’ve run to the store to pick up a few things for dinner but I had seen this recipe a while ago and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try it.
I basically followed the recipe but when I make it again I will make my life easier by not making a roux (I didn’t get it to thicken anyway). I would just mix the squash with milk on the stove top with spices. Other changes I made- I used a box of frozen birds eye butternut squash, no bread crumbs, added chopped broccoli, mixed cheddar and mozzarella cheese. I also added extra savory spices because my husband usually doesn’t like the sweetness of squash.
In my husband’s words after he tasted it “this is restaurant quality”. That’s the compliment I am always aiming for
I also didn’t have any salad ingredients which is a staple at every meal at our house but as I have said before- there is no excuse for no vegetables! Always have frozen something available. We had green beans in addition to the broccoli in the pasta.
Even though this was delicious I didn’t feel like I overate too much. Between the butternut squash and broccoli in the pasta, and half my plate being filled with green beans, it doesn’t leave that much space for the actual pasta.
carb: whole wheat pasta
protein: cheese, milk
vegetables: green beans, butternut squash, broccoli- all from the freezer!
A lot of people have been asking me for ideas of what to feed their infants/toddlers… I promise to post recipes soon but in the meantime- follow my board on pinterest “feeding freddy”. I have made a bunch of the recipes but keep in mind, I always leave out the sweetener whether its sugar, honey or maple syrup. Last night I made overnight oatmeal- no cooking necessary! I just put oats, yogurt, milk, cinnamon and applesauce in a mason jar, shook it up and it was ready in the morning. Freddy devoured it! I will definitely be trying the other recipes on this site- click on the link for the oatmeal recipe.