Imagine this… It’s a beautiful day, birds are chirping on the window, windchimes in the house echoing with tunes of nature, and your little one in your arms lying peacefully, until IT’S MEAL-TIME! A parent’s worst nightmare comes alive when they realise that their little one is a fussy eater, who demands tasty food all the time while kicking off veggies and healthy food off the table. Almost every parent has encountered this situation and have no idea about what alternate food to prepare for their kids which is tasty as well as nutritional.
We at Agastya, understand every parents’ ordeal and hence have come up with tasty and yummy solutions for your kid’s every need!
Here are the 7 easy-to-make whole wheat pastarecipes full of nutrients which will satisfy your picky eater from the first bite making you a proud parent!
#1: Classic cooked Indian Macaroni and cheese
The Macaroni Rigate Pasta is a clear example of a meal with which one can never go wrong. The comfort of making healthy components makes it one of the best breakfast meals.
- Macaroni pasta
- Onions and Tomatoes
- Parmesan cheese
- Green peas
- Baby corn
- Red chilli powder
- Masala powder
- Black pepper
Step 1: Boil water in a pan add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Step 2: Add macaroni in the pan.
Step 3: Classic stirring.
Step 4: Cook macaroni till they have a slight bite to them
Step 5: Drain all the water and keep cooked macaroni on the side
Step 6: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. add 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.
Step 7: Heat till the raw aroma of garlic goes away.
Step 8: Mix spice powders till you get a nice aroma and then add a cup of mix vegetables, add onions and tomatoes according to your taste.
Step 9: Pour 1 cup of water, mix the veggies and cover the pan with lid.
Step 10: Cook the vegetables on a medium flame.
Step 11: Mix macaroni and vegetables.
Step 12: On a low flame, heat the macaroni with vegetables till the water is absorbed.
Step 13: Add parmesan cheese or herbs according to your taste.
Step 14: Mix well before serving.
#2: Paneer Pasta Makhani
A Combination of paneer and roasted vermicelli pasta is bound to create magic in the mouth of people on the dinner table. This pasta dish enrobed with a spicy butter sauce can be served as a snack or an appetizer.
- Green chilies
- Garam Masala
- Chopped Dhania
Step 1: Cook paneer in a pan full of water for 1 minute.
Step 2: Drain the water and keep the paneer aside.
Step 3: Heat oil in a deep pan, add cardamom and cinnamon, saute for 20 seconds.
Step 4: Add garlic, ginger and onions. Saute for 6-7 minutes, till the onion turns soft with a little brown tinge.
Step 5: Add butter, salt, sugar and pasta in the pan. Cook on a low flame for 5 minutes.
Step 6: Add the chillies, garam masala and coriander leaves. Mix well and cook on a low flame. Step 7: Garnish cheese on top and serve hot.
#3: White Sauce Pasta
Penne rigate pasta with creamy white sauce made along with healthy vegetables is the best example of a delightful healthy meal. White sauce pasta is an easy-to-make lunch meal which will keep your little ones full and provide them with the needful nutritional values.
- Penne pasta
- Chopped Carrot
- Chopped Green Capsicum
- Chopped Red Capsicum
- Chopped Broccoli
For the white sauce:
- finely chopped garlic
- Dried oregano
- Red chili flakes
- Black pepper powder
Step 1: Boil pasta in a pan, add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Step 2: Once the pasta is cooked, drain the excess water.
Step 3: While pasta is cooking, heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a pan over a high flame.
Step 4: Add all the chopped vegetables in the pan, add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Step 5: Cook the veggies for around 2-3 minutes, and then transfer it to another plate.
Step 6: Heat 1+1/2 tablespoons butter in a pan over medium flame. Add 1.2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic.
Step 7: Add 1+1/2 tablespoons Maida.
Step 8: pour 1+1/2 cups milk little by a little while stirring with a whisk.
Step 9: stir and mix for 1-2 minutes.
Step 10: reduce the flame to low. Continue stirring and cooking until mixture starts to thicken for 3-4 minutes.
Step 11: Add 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes, a pinch of black powder and salt. Mix it well.
Step 12: Add vegetables and pasta, mix them well.
Step 13: Garnish it with grated cheese and serve hot.
#4: Keema Pasta
This fusion pasta delicacy is loved by taste buds of all ages. Add minced chicken/ paneer with long cut vermicelli and cook a yummy dinner meal which will provide your dear one with all the required nutritional value.
- Minced paneer
- Cup Pasta Penne
- Tablespoon Refined Oil
- Cumin Powder
- Cloves Garlic
- Teaspoon Chili Flakes
- Teaspoon Oregano
- Coriander leaves
Step 1: Boil water in a pan on medium flame. Add pasta in it along with 1 tablespoon oil and salt. Let the pasta to cook, drain the water and allow the pasta to cool in a bowl.
Step 2: For the sauce, place another pan over medium flame and add 2 tablespoons oil in it. Add the minced paneer along with cumin powder, chilli flakes and salt and saute until it turns brown. Take it off the flame and then transfer it on a plate.
Step 3: Chop the onions and capsicum in a bowl. Add the remaining oil in the same pan, along with garlic and oregano. Saute it for some time and then add finely chopped onion and capsicum. Saute all the vegetables until they turn tender.
Step 4: Sprinkle cumin powder, chilli flakes and salt on it. Mix it well so that all the vegetables are coated properly. Transfer the minced paneer along with pureed tomatoes, tomato ketchup and mix it well. Cover it and let the entire mixture cook for a while.
Step 5: Add pasta to this sauce and mix it well so that the sauce coats it evenly. Let it cook until the pasta turns aromatic. Grate mozzarella cheese and chop the coriander leaves. Garnish the pasta with grated mozzarella cheese and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot!
#5: Indian Spaghetti
The addition of Indian flavour to the mix of healthy veggies with cooked spaghetti pasta is a delight which fills the hearts along with the stomach of the people on the table. Cook Indian Spaghetti for a Sunday brunch and witness how your kids will wait for Sunday meals.
- Chopped Onions
- Chapped Capsicum
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Sweet Corn
- Chili Powder
Step 1: Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add onions and garlic paste and saute on a medium flame.
Step 2: Add capsicum and tomatoes, with additional 2 tablespoon water.
Step 3: Add sweet corn, tomato ketchup, chilli powder and salt. Mix well and cook on a medium flame.
Step 4: Add spaghetti, mix gently and cook on a medium flame.
Step 5: garnish cheese on top and serve hot.
#6: Masala Mac ‘n’ Cheese
The healthy Indian version of Macaroni Rigate shaped pasta can be presented in many ways like – Masala Mac and Cheese can also go by Indian Mac and Cheese, Desi Mac and Cheese, or Tikka Masala Mac and cheese. With these many versions, your kid can eat pasta all week and won’t notice that it is the same cuisine
- Chopped Ginger
- Chopped Green Chilies
- Chopped Onion
- Chopped Red and Green Bell Peppers
Step 1: Fill a large pot with water and boil the macaroni.
Step 1: Heat up a dutch cast iron on medium heat, once hot, add oil followed by the ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute for about 30 seconds.
Step 2: Add onions and saute for 3 minutes.
Step 3: Now add the red and green bell peppers. Season with salt. Stir well. Saute for about 4-5 minutes.
Step 4: In the meantime, using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder grind your spices – cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom and fennel seeds.
Step 5: This is what you should have.
Step 6: Add the garnished spices, along with turmeric, coriander powder, and red chilli powder. Cook for about 1 minute.
Step 7: Add the tomato paste. Saute for about 3 minutes.
Step 8: Now add 2 tbsp of butter.
Step 9: Once the butter melts, add the flour.
Step 10: Cook the flour and butter for about 2 minutes to form a roux. This will help thicken the sauce. Now, SLOWLY pour the milk little by little. Do not add all the cold milk at once else your sauce will curdle.
Step 11: Note how the sauce is getting thick. Reduce heat to very low.
Step 12: In the meantime, season the boiling hot water with salt and cook the shells until al dente.
Step 13: Here is your sauce. Make sure your heat is very low. Let the sauce heat up on very low heat for about 5 minutes.
While the sauce heats up (not boil), grate the cheese. I used Gruyere and White Cheddar.
Step 14: Add the cheese little by little to the sauce. Do not add the cold cheese at once to the hot sauce. Make sure your heat is very low.
Step 15: Cook the sauce for a few minutes until nice and hot. The sauce is ready.
Step 16: Drain the pasta.
Mix the Mac & Cheese
Step 1: Add the pasta to the cheese sauce.
Step 2: Transfer the pasta to a baking dish or a 12″ cast iron skillet. Alternatively, you may enjoy mac and cheese without baking this dish.
Step 3: Top with 1 cup of cheese – equal parts of Gruyere and White Cheddar.
Step 4: Also, top with plain bread crumbs and sliced serrano chillies for garnish.
Step 5: Broil for 10 minutes. Start watching it closely after 5 minutes.
Step 6: Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve hot!
#7: Cheese Baked Penne Pasta
This cheesy penne rigate pasta meal will melt in the heart of your little one in a healthy manner. This low-fat protein filled with whole grains is the best and easy-to-make meal, to serve to your kids when they get an urge to eat at any time of the day.