Getting kids to eat healthy can be challenging, but this creamy cheddar and broccoli noodles recipe is sure to entice them. Sara, the author of Bitz & Giggles recipe blog, has shared her noodle recipe and assures that it will be a healthy and convenient dish to serve kids. When it is so important to build healthy food habits in your children’s younger years, this dish will get them appreciating the taste of green broccoli and its attractive appearance in this dish. This easy recipe is perfect for children’s lunches at home, as the main dish for dinner or a side dish. It takes under thirty minutes to prepare, which means you can make it any night of the week.
Quick dinner recipes like this rely on a few convenience ingredients for fast preparation. Sara incorporates ramen noodles, sour cream and Campbell’s broccoli cheese soup in her dish. These items are great because they make the noodles super creamy and flavorful in very little time. Sara doesn’t use the packaged flavoring that comes with ramen noodles, so you don’t have to worry about an extra high sodium content from that. The broccoli cheese soup contains a large amount of sodium, however, and so you may want to consider using an equivalent amount of homemade broccoli soup instead. You could even make a quick homemade cheesy béchamel sauce in place of the canned soup, which only takes ten minutes on the stove. Classic béchamel recipes are a mixture of butter, flour, milk, salt, and pepper. The sauce gets simmered slowly until thickened. This sauce can easily be translated into a cheese sauce by whisking your favorite grated cheese in at the end. You could also cook some extra broccoli in the sauce for even more broccoli flavor.
Easy kid friendly recipes shouldn’t demand a lot of time or effort. This broccoli noodles recipe saves you plenty of time by using ramen noodles, which are fast to cook. Don’t feel limited by ramen noodles, however, as any pasta would work well. You can choose fun shapes like bowties or orecchiette for your kids, which they would undoubtedly love. Alternatively, if you are looking for something to boost the healthiness of this dish, choose whole-wheat pasta, buckwheat pasta like soba noodles or natural black bean pasta. This pasta recipe would also work well as a main meal if you add some protein because it has starch and vegetable elements already. Try eating these noodles with some cubed chicken breast or crumbled Italian sausage. Eating pasta recipes for main meals are an excellent way to stretch the wallet as well because you can use smaller portions of meat rather than having an entire cut for each family member.
The nutritional content of broccoli makes it a must for everyone to eat. Broccoli contains few calories, very high vitamin C, and high fiber. Incorporating broccoli into this cheesy noodle dish will ensure your kids get the best nutrition possible. Thank you to Sara, the author of Bitz & Giggles recipe blog, for sharing her cheddar and broccoli noodles recipe with us.
Nutrition Facts for: Creamy Cheddar and Broccoli Noodles From Bitz & Giggles
Ingredients: Chicken flavored Ramen noodles broccoli florets, Campbell's Broccoli Cheese soup, sour cream, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 169, Calories from Fat 63, Total Fat 7.0g 11%, Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%, Cholesterol 4mg 1%, Sodium 724mg 30%, Potassium 169mg 5%, Carbohydrates 21.3g 7%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 1.3g, Protein 4.6g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 34%, Calcium 2%,Iron 8%
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