Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Italian Menu

One of the most well-received dishes at home is an Italian-inspired one. Anything that includes pasta, pizza or lasagna is generally met with thumbs up.

Pasta is such comfort food that I can easily overeat if served a mean ol' pasta, like E's incredibly delicious carbonara which he cooks from scratch. In fact, it is safe to say that we all tend to overeat when E cooks because he is especially generous with the helpings.

But the biggest pasta and pizza lover in the family is definitely Chip. 

My 4-year-old is a healthy little boy with an amazing appetite for carbohydrates. Rice, noodles, potatoes, pasta, bread and biscuits get chomped down real fast. Meat, vegetables and fruits are not so welcomed in comparison. 

If I want to make him really happy or guarantee he eats well, I just have to serve him pasta with cheese sauce. He is happy to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and supper too! Bring them on again the next day (not that we've ever served the same dish throughout the day!) and I'm sure he will still finish it all up in 10 min! That is how much he loves his pasta. :> 

Ask him any day what his favourite food is and his reply is always "macaroni with cheese", perhaps followed by "chocolate cake" as the really close second.

If cheesy pasta is not on the menu, he will accept pasta in soup, fried pasta in olive oil or just tomato-based pasta dishes as gladly too.

Boys were eating pasta with homemade tomato sauce, chicken and broccoli. 

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