Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mummy and Me Lunch!

Introduce your toddler to the delicious flavors of India with this simple, quick, and healthy lunch! The sauce is nice and thick and sticks really well so little ones can easily eat with their fingers. Not only is this super yummy, but its super quick, just 15 minutes to the table! Gotta love that.

Adapted from Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book

1/2 lb of an easy to pick up (for little fingers) whole-wheat pasta, such as penne, farfalle, etc
1 tbs butter
2 tbs honey (if you are cooking for children under one, substitute maple syrup)
1 c chicken or veggie stock
2 or 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp curry powder
3 tbs chives
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
hot sauce for Mummy

Yeilds 2 adult portions

Cook the pasta according to package directions. (reserve 1 cup pasta water for the sauce)

While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter, honey (or syrup), and stock in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, curry, and chives and heat through, about 10 minutes. Then lightly puree the carrot mixture to form the sauce. Toss the sauce with the pasta, adding some of the reserved pasta water until the desired consistency is reached. Divide into portions and mix in a few dashes of hot sauce into Mummy's bowl. Top both portions with the grated cheese and serve!

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