Fussy Little Eaters: Basil Pesto Pasta

The first thing I noticed about being back at work is that I have a very limited window to cook dinner. We can’t actually get to Little E until 4.30pm and his dinner time is 5.00-5.30pm. That leaves me about 30 minutes to get dinner on the table, something healthy and nutritious for the little man. It is also something that needs to work for our (Mr E and I) taste buds. There were a few nights where we had take-aways and Little E had to make-do with steamed vegies. Not that he minds, as he loves steamed zucchini and broccoli, and the fact that he does get hot meals at lunch when he’s at care. However, I do feel like I should give him something better, and that Mr E and I cannot rely on take-aways.

Tonight, I made some basil pesto pasta. Little E didn’t go to care today, however, the weather has been pretty hot here, so we took refuge at a shopping centre. Little E found the airconditioned temperature so comfortable that he didn’t wake up until 4pm! So by the time we came home, it was 4.30pm – just like as if he did go to care lol

Basil Pesto Pasta

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2.5 tbs olive oil
  • Pasta of your choice
  • 1 piece of bacon, diced. This is optional to give a “meaty” taste, you can use normal olive oil.
  • Vegetables of your choice – I cut up some zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus

Method:

  1. With a stick blender, make the basil pesto by blending the basil, garlic, parmesan and olive oil until smooth
  2. Cook pasta as per normal
  3. In a pan, throw in the bacon (or olive oil) and all the vegetables until all is cooked
  4. Prior to serving, throw in the cooked pasta and stir some of the pesto (or all, depending how strong you like it)

This recipe only took around 15-20 minutes to prepare. The things that took the longest were picking out the basil leaves off their stalks, as well as chopping up all the vegies. I made sure I didn’t give Little E any bacon, yet, he approved of this recipe and ate all of his dinner plus some 😉 Mr E also liked it, so double yay for me! Hooorah! You can make it a lot healthier by using multigrain pasta and cutting out the bacon. Yay for easy and fast healthy recipes!

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