Monday, August 20, 2012

Kids in the Kitchen - Link Up #28 - Beefy Rigatoni

My friend Carrie @YoungLivingOilLady  and I team up each week to bring you this 
Kids in the Kitchen Link Up - Real food - cooked at home - with the family is always healthier - 
We are aiming to encourage families to get into the kitchen and enjoy cooking and eating together! 

Easy Beefy Rigatoni: 

Box of Rigatoni pasta (or other of your choice - gluten free is fine) 
1 lb of hamburger meat - browned and drained 
1 can of 100% Natural Hunts roasted garlic tomatoes 
1 cup of either spaghetti sauce or plain tomato sauce (we used random leftover sauce from a jar) 
1 small chopped onion (or 1/2 large) 
Italian spices - parsley, Italian mix, garlic powder and salt to taste 
1 1/2 cups grated cheese (we used cheddar - mozzarella would be great) 
1 1/2 cup sour cream 
1 1/2 cup cottage cheese 

Cook pasta according to directions - we use a bit of olive oil in water to keep it from sticking - al dente 
Add tomato sauce and canned tomatoes to meat along with spices and onion 

(Our youngest uses a regular kitchen knife to chop onion like a champ - I cut it in 1/2 first and peel) 

When pasta is done, drain it and then stir in sour cream and cottage cheese with a touch of salt and spoon half of pasta into casserole dish. Add half of meat with sauce on top - then do second layer of pasta then meat. Sprinkle top with grated cheese and cook in oven at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

Serve with fresh veggies - we used yellow squash, onions, and zucchini cooked in a skillet with olive oil.

Gathering 'round the kitchen is a wonderful way to spend time and share as a family - the children in your home can learn about kitchen safety as well as learning about how to cook. It establishes a feeling of camaraderie between family members as they work side by side and communicate with one another. It also encourages younger children to try new foods - as they are more likely to take part if they have played a role in it's preparation. Children feel a sense of pride with their accomplishment and let's face it- food brings people together. Why shouldn't  the most important people in our life be the ones we socialize with?

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Have a beautiful - tasty week! 

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."  Numbers 6:24-26

I'm linking with these fine blogs: Comfy in the Kitchen  Shrinking Kitchen Titus 2 Tues

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