Do you eat the same breakfast every day? Do you have the same go-to vegetable or salad that finds its way to your table night after night? Do you “brown bag it” to ensure you eat a healthy lunch and be more penny-wise? Healthy eating can be delicious and rewarding with these unexpected ways to mix in vegetables, and even fruit, with your pasta.
Eating a variety of vegetables can provide your body with vitamins and minerals that may be lacking. Consciously adding a bit of variety can also keep you from unconsciously eating unhealthy foods when you get bored with regular go-to meals. It’s simple to accomplish, too! It may be as easy as adding something different to your salad like nuts or strawberries, or as fun as experimenting with an ingredient that is new to you in a familiar pasta recipe. For spring and summer, adding the fresh veggies and fruits that are available is not only easy – it’s delicious too!
Here are some easy ways to change up your routine:
Fruit and Elbow Salad
Pasta for breakfast? Oh yeah. This salad is surprisingly delicious!
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio con Rapini
This simple recipe comes together in a flash. It features broccoli rabe, or rapini – a great source of vitamin A, C, and K, plus it’s plentiful in folate.
Spicy Asian Noodle Bowl
This recipe is loaded with flavor and includes tofu, a great source of protein and cabbage, which especially rich in vitamins C and K and folate. Shrimp or chicken can be substituted, along with other veggies you may have on hand.
Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta
At first glance, your kids might think this is another mac n’ cheese. The sweetness of roasted carrots will have them cleaning their plate and getting an added dose of vitamin A.