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Edamame Parmesan Pasta – Kiddie Style!


I should just count my blessings while I can…

I keep waiting for the day when all M wants is chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and ketchup… I know its coming… but she keeps on puttin’ the food away. Or at least eating a little bit of everything. I’m just gonna enjoy these days while they last…

My kid eats edamame, california rolls, smoked salmon, collards, she dips her apples in hummus, I caught her eating capers from the fridge (thats a whole other blog post), she adores broccoli, and now.. adores brussels sprouts.

As a kid I despised brussels sprouts! I only started loving them again a few years ago.

Last night for dinner I through together a random combination of bow tie pasta, edamame, and parmesan. Brussels and carrots were served on the side. M ate it up! I knew she’d eat the pasta, but this was a first for the brussels sprouts. She loved it so much I packed it for lunch.

For the pasta dish, I boiled the pasta according to box directions and drained it. I steamed some shelled edamame and added it to the pasta along with a little olive oil and about 1/2 cup of graded parmesan.


Steamed chopped brussels sprouts & carrots were on the side along with lemon spritzed apples (to prevent browning), and some Annies Honey Graham Bunnies for a treat.

What food do you love now that you didn’t as a kid?

19 Responses

  1. crustabakes said on November 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I hated anything green when I was a kid. I used to run all over the house crying when it comes to meal times. M sounds adorable. She will definitely grow up strong and healthy!

  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on November 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

    i really want someone to pack me a lunch like that:-) i also hated brussel sprouts growing up and love them now! i think it is the difference between plane steamed brussel sprouts and the seasoned roasted sprouts i eat now, though

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on November 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I wouldn’t even try brussles sprouts as a kid. I hate to admit it, I still haven’t. I also hated string beans since my mom served the canned kind. I love them fresh, but to this day the canned green beans make me nauseous.

  4. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on November 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

    How can I order that for my lunch? M eats well for sure. I swear it has to do with what you expose them to and even after they refuse it, keep exposing them to it. Tastes change often when they are little and it helps when they see you eat it and enjoy it!

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on November 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I love how you make healthy, “adult” fare so kid-friendly! I hope M’s tastes never change 🙂

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet said on November 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I really don’t think I liked any vegetables back then!

  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on November 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

    M is so lucky! I love how you make her meals so fun and nutritious. I am many years away from having a kid but when I do, I’ll be sure to remember your blog posts like this 🙂

  8. Mo@MommyRD said on November 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Gosh I was such a picky kid I didn’t like a lot of things. I wouldn’t eat any vegetables, fish, etc. Almost everything I eat now, would have been a “no” as a kid.

  9. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations said on November 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I just found your blog today and love it. I’ll be back to visit often.

    That edamame pasta looks really good! 🙂

  10. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on November 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    There were SO many things I didn’t care for as a kid but love now… some that stick out are brussels sprouts, cauliflower, avocado, bread that had nuts and seeds, natural pb… my parents were health freaks and all I wanted was a skippy and grape jelly sandwich on wonder bread. MY how things have changed! I am so grateful that they taught me how to eat right… even when I was SO resistant as a kiddo. For the record.. I STILL don’t like microwaved lima beans. YUCK!

  11. Allie said on November 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    This is a fantastic idea!!!! This is a great way to get kids to eat healthy in a fun way!! I am passing this on to all my clients with kids who refuse to try new things!

  12. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on November 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I hope my kids are just like M! 🙂
    I love olives, but up until a few years ago, hated them!

  13. TheHealthyapron said on November 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Such a fun lunch box! I cant really remember being picky about anything growing up! Ug. Except soup. To this day I still hate it.

  14. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on November 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I love edamame with pasta. That’s awesome that your daughter eats all of those greens. 🙂

  15. Chef Bee said on November 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I really miss the days of making my kids lunches like these. Your kids will be great eaters and love trying new foods with a super mom like you.

    Plan B

  16. Camille said on November 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I only started liking mushrooms about a year ago. Your such a good mom for giving her such healthy meals!

  17. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on November 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I just love how she adores all those things. My M surprises me with things like that too. I love when they do that.

  18. Alisa Cooks said on November 5, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Lunch looks so appetizing when you present it that way!

    Avocados, definitely. Love them now!

  19. The Candid RD said on November 5, 2010 at 7:07 am

    You are definitely lucky you have a kid who eats these foods. But at the same time, I think you should take some credit for offering these foods at such a young age. Many parents assume their kids won’t eat healthy (OR they don’t eat healthy themselves so these foods are never offered…). Since you have gone ahead and created such healthy meals for your daughter since day one, she loves them, and you deserve some credit!

    There are tons of foods I hated as a kid but love now. My favorite examples is crunchy peanut butter. I used to hate it, now it’s one of my favorite things in the world!