This super simple, Mediterranean-inspired, dietitian-approved one-pot pasta dish will become a go-to family favorite in no time. You literally just throw all of the ingredients into a pot!
One-pot meals (like this creamy chicken and broccoli pasta or skillet vegetarian Mexican mac and cheese) are a dream come true for busy parents on weeknights, especially when you’re running to and from activities and need a nourishing meal to feed your family (perhaps in shifts). I love this one because it’s SO DARN EASY and it’s a meal that everyone loves. It’s balanced enough as is, but the dietitian in me would probably recommend including a salad or some raw veggies on the side to balance things out.
If you’d like to modify this recipe, you definitely can! You can definitely add more veggies to this dish, or try another protein option like shredded chicken, ground turkey (precooked) or prawns if you like. You can also omit the meat and add grilled tofu or cooked chickpeas at the end if you’re looking for a vegetarian version.
This one-pot pasta dish is dietitian-approved
As a dietitian Mom, I love that this meal is so nutritious and filling, but I also love that it’s delicious and comforting. My mom used to make a similar dish when I was little, so eating it is a bit nostalgic for me. It’s simple flavors often appeal to cautious eaters, but if your little one isn’t quite ready to eat it, don’t worry. They’re still learning!
Offer to separate the tomatoes (or any other little bits that seem to be bothering them) out and put them on a separate plate if necessary. And remember, just because a child rejects a food once, it doesn’t mean that they will again. It just means that they are not quite ready to try them on their own. Make sure that you include a “considerate food” (at least one food that you know your child will accept and eat) at the meal and allow them to explore everything on their own and eat what they’d like.