Lucky Leprechauns Pesto Pasta
All children are fond of pasta and Lucky Leprechauns Pesto Pasta is a great way to disguise veg and other nutritious foods that picky eaters will not eat.
There are so many green foods that are great for a child’s nutrition. I find that Basil Pesto is a huge hit with the little ones. Make your own with the older children, or simply buy it in a jar.
I find that using different pasta shapes encourages children to eat more and it makes dinner time even more fun! Shells, fusilli, wheels, macaroni-the sillier the better! I love this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s so easy, quick, and fun!
What you will need:
- Silly Pasta Shapes Basil Pesto (fresh is best, you can find it in your local fine foods or produce shop) but a jar will do
- Pine Nuts (optional)
- Boil the pasta according to the package. Use whole wheat pasta for a healthier alternative, egg pasta is also a great alternative for toddlers!
- Bake chicken for 20 minutes until golden and cooked throughout.
- Place pine nuts on a single layer on a baking sheet, toast for 3 minutes. Be careful, as they burn easily.
- Slice chicken into bite size pieces and stir throughout the pasta. Add pine nuts (optional) and sprinkle with fresh parmesan for yummy, lucky leprechaun’s pasta!
Nanny Tip: This pasta can be served cold as well. I like to use all my leftover, end of the bag pasta to make a big pot of pasta with different shapes, children love the variety and silliness!
Have fun with this activity and we recommend adult supervision at all times.