Thursday, June 6, 2013

Slurpin' Spaghetti

Spaghetti has always been one of my favorite meals, if not my absolute favorite. I loved it as a child. I remember begging my Mom to make it more often, and one time declaring that when I grew up, I would make spaghetti for my family at least once a week. These days I still love spaghetti, but only make it about once every month or two. I just love the variety of trying new recipes, and spaghetti feels too basic sometimes.

But tonight was spaghetti night and I'm really glad it was. This is one meal that both my little guys will eat. Both Ryan and Lucas go nuts over the sauce-covered ground beef. Ryan usually passes on the noodles, but tonight I taught him the fine art of slurping spaghetti noodles. At first I think he thought I was saying "spitting" noodles, because that's exactly what he did all over the table. But then I demonstrated how to slurp a noodle and he caught on quickly. I encouraged the messy slurping because, of course, they were whole wheat noodles.
Lucas learns a lot by watching his brother.

One of the best things about this meal was that it was all made from "real food". I've mentioned this website before, but I love 100 Days of Real Food. I'm trying to eat as much real food and as little processed food as possible these days, so it's nice to have a few recipes up my sleeve that are both healthy and kid-approved. Tonight's sauce recipe can be found here: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. I did doctor it up a bit with fresh basil and a few other spices.

Other recipes from this website that I have made this week:
Whole Wheat Cheddar Biscuits
Cobb Salad
Banana Pancakes

And tomorrow night's dinner: Slow Cooker Baked Beans and Potato Skins and a Salad

Yes, I wash dishes all the time.

So what kind of spaghetti eater/maker are you? Do you have a famous homemade sauce recipe or do you open a bottle of Prego? (I really like the Classico brand).


  1. Homemade sauce takes for. ever. I've tried it. But I get Newman's Own because it's not easy to find a brand without cheese in it (for Maeve' milk allergy) and his profits go to charity. Plus his organic brand is super.

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  3. 100 Days of Real Food is an awesome website! Have you ever read I use that one a lot - especially for the homemade taco seasoning and homemade ranch dressing. It's not "fancy food" over there - but very kid friendly, which is important these days. Check it out :-) As for spaghetti, I usually make some version of my own, but more and more I've used a jar of something premade, but fairly wholesome, either from Trader Joe's or Costco (since they started carrying organic Classico). I typically use Spaghetti as my "quick, I haven't planned anything yet, everyone will eat it happily meal." We love it around here!