I’m on a quest for toddler lunch ideas. Lunch can be so challenging for me. I have one kid who will eat whatever I put in front of her. Another that eats only three things. Total. All day. Every day. While I don’t want to make separate lunches everyday, I don’t think it’s fair to make an adventurous eater, eat like a picky eater. On the other hand, I know if I make something my picky eater won’t eat, I’m going to wind up making two lunches. Well, I found this recipe and I thought for sure this would be a winner. Sweet noodles?! Come on!
I came across this recipe in my weelicious cookbook and I thought, this sounds delicious. I’m going to try it out. Well, I had to pare the recipe down because the original called for a whole pound of noodles and that is just too much. I made it and let me tell you, they’re fantastic. The flavors are reminiscent of rice pudding. Did you ever eat that as a kid? Warm, creamy, cinnamon-y. Of course one girl loved it and one ate a few bites and was like, meh. Can you guess who was whom? I personally could not stop. Is this a complete lunch? Probably not. But it’s a fun twist on a pasta offering. I figure with the cheese you’re getting in some protein and dairy. It’s a good start at least. I had leftover noodles and was able to reheat them and mix up some more a day or two later. My little lady gobbled them up again. Success!
By the way, if you have little kids in the house, check out Weelicious and Weelicious Lunches. I’ve made many things from each cookbook and haven’t been disappointed. She offers a lot of mild recipes that are fun for the whole family. The books have inspiration for everything from breakfast to dinner, including snacks, drinks, desserts and even baby purees. While I didn’t find any groundbreaking material on how to actually get my picky eater to eat what I made, it’s been fun to look at and try some new recipes. 🙂
adapted from the Weelicious Cookbook
1/3 lb mini-farfalle pasta
heaping 1/3 cup ricotta cheese*
heaping 1 tablespoon honey*
pinch of cinnamon*
Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, mix together the ricotta, honey, and cinnamon. Toss cheese mixture with warm noodles and serve immediately.
*the amounts in the cheese mixture can all be adjusted according to taste.