Tonight I decided that I was going to cook dinner. Now, I do know how to cook and actually enjoy doing it. However, time constraints lately have pushed me to picking up hot chicken, salads, veggies etc. from local grocers. So I decided to make chicken, pasta and broccoli.
Now, normally I would reach for the box of whole wheat pasta. But instead I decided to make a box of Ronzoni Smart Taste
pasta. I was curious to see the difference between the Ronzoni and the whole wheat pasta.
The great thing about this pasta is the kids will never know the difference between the regular pasta they’re used to eating. Kids are picky eaters and it can be very difficult to get them to eat the foods their growing bodies truly need. There are a host of books, like Deceptively Delicious
by Jessica Seinfeld, trying to help parents disguise healthy foods in their children’s meals. Ronzoni took numerous surveys of parents to determine what they could do to help their consumers cook nutritious food for their kids.
Ronzoni Smart Taste has 7 grams of fiber, is lower in calories and fat than traditional pasta. It also has Vitamin D, the same amount as an 8 oz. glass of milk which is 100 Interational Units. Vitamin D deficiency is a legitimate concern. It is hard to tell if children (myself and therefore probably you too) the amount of Vitamin D I get from the sun. I mean, we live in Chicago we haven’t really seen the sun much this winter.
This pasta will give you 50% of the recommended daily amount of 200 International Units, which is recommended for children to age 50. At age 50 the recommended goes up to about 400. This pasta is not only good for your kids but good for you. Now I’m not saying I would totally ditch my whole grain pasta forever. But I will definitely be throwing this in once and a while. This way the whole family is getting an extra benefit and the kids won’t even taste the difference! Here are a few great recipes to try:
PENNE WITH QUICK MEAT SAUCE
1 pkg RONZONI SMART TASTE PENNE RIGATE
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried basil or oregano leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese
In large skillet, cook meat until browned; drain. Add onion; cook until tender. Stir in spaghetti sauce, parsley, basil or oregano, salt and pepper; simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss hot pasta with meat sauce; sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
PASTA WITH BROCCOLI ALLA ROMANA
1 pkg RONZONI SMART TASTE SPAGHETTI
4 lean bacon slices
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar RONZONI SMART TASTE SPAGHETTI sauce
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain thoroughly. Crumble bacon; return to skillet. Add onion and garlic; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in RONZONI SMART TASTE SPAGHETTI sauce; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cook 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli to pasta cooking water during last 3 minutes. Drain pasta and broccoli well; toss with hot sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.
Be creative and cook up something fun. Children love eating things that look fun (who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse Pancakes?!). Remember, it is our job as adults to give children the nutrients their bodies need to grow into healthy adults. We can lead them to become the healthiest generation yet.
Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.