I am on a mission to find healthy meals that give me time to play with my boys before dinner and at the same time get healthy calories into my finicky feaster (that never feasts… just like the title). My oldest child is the pickiest eater I’ve ever met. He literally gags on tomatoes. He’s skinny and at almost 4 years he can wear the same shorts as my 9-month old (although,they would look a little daisy dukeish). I’m always worried he’s not eating enough healthy food and I’m constantly pondering on creative ways to sneak veggies in. I really have to entice him because playing is way better than eating.
On the other hand, my 9-month old LOVES food! He get’s HANGRY every time I start prepping dinner. Unless, I keep throwing scraps down to him (that sounds kind of bad) he won’t leave me alone and let me concentrate on making food. So cooking, once so pleasurable with a glass of wine in hand, is now chaos and requires taking shots of whiskey (just kidding).
My plan is to share one healthy, easy prepared, kid approved meal each week. This first one is spaghetti squash with ground turkey and pasta sauce. I followed the advice for roasting the squash from Chocolate Covered Katie. It’s the best spaghetti squash I’ve ever made and the first time I was able to trick my oldest into thinking it was real spaghetti. I of course bought a jar of pasta sauce for ease. I always make sure there’s no added sugar because you’d be surprised how many bottled pasta sauces add sugar. Following is the ingredients:
1 jar pre-made pasta sauce
1 lb ground turkey
1 small spaghetti squash (or a large one so you’ll have leftovers, which make good baby food)
salt, pepper, olive oil
Now the recipe:
- Roast the squash
- Play super hero with you kids for about 40 minutes
- Take the squash out of the oven. While it cools, throw the turkey onto a large, medium hot pan coated with a thin layer of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let it brown, mixing it once in a while.
- Once cooked through, dump the pasta sauce over the turkey and mix together. Then stir occasionally until thoroughly heated.
- Scoop spaghetti squash into the pan with turkey and pasta sauce.
Dinner was devoured by my youngest and at least eaten by my oldest. He thought there was too much tomato sauce and didn’t like his “spaghetti” as much as usual. Nonetheless, he ate more of a vegetable tonight than I’ve ever seen him eat before. I kind of tricked him. And as for my husband and I, we loved dinner! It was tasty!