Does your daughter eat lots of pasta?

If your vegetarian daughter is anything like mine she loves her pasta. I think my daughter would eat pasta for every meal if I let her. Not that pasta is bad for you but really the concern is whether or not it provides her with the nutrients she needs as a vegetarian. Most pasta today is fortified so is contains iron, folate and niacin and depending what you add to the sauce, whether it be veggies or beans, can be part of a healthy vegetarian diet.

The real concern with a pasta meal is that it does not contain significant amounts of protein. Depending on how active your child is and how much she weighs, she should consume between 30 and 40 grams of protein daily. I recently stumbled upon a brand of pasta that has been created to provide just that; protein! Skinny Pasta High Protein Fettuccine contains 13 grams of pasta if you eat 1/4 of the package. However, I found that the box really serves 2 people so the protein content may actually be up around 26 grams per serving. I tested it with our favourite pasta recipe and it was consumed without comment :).

Here is how I made it:

Pesto Pasta
1 bunch fresh basil
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup olive oil
Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast- optional – to your liking

Place ingredients in blender until a thick paste forms. Cook pasta according to package directions, return to pot and stir in the pesto. I usually freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray. It is very handy to have cubes of pesto in the freezer for future pesto meals or to throw into soups or even salad dressing.

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    Great arictle, thank you again for writing.

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