For nights when there are no leftovers for lunch, cook up this easy meat sauce using cooked ground beef from the freezer. Spoon over some cooked pasta from the fridge and you’ll have a healthy lunch ready to add to a thermos the next morning. Pack some Parmesan cheese on the side – just 1 tbsp delivers 70 mg calcium and 2 grams of protein.
Dietitian's tip: Pasta sauce can be a great way to add more vegetables to your kid's diet, if they will eat them that way! Chunks of vegetables in pasta sauce never flew for my kids so I did what any resourceful mom does and blended them up then added them to the sauce. Mushrooms work particularly great. I would not hide the fact that there were vegetables in the sauce but acknowledge that they were not fond, right now, of pieces of vegetables in their sauce and that was OK by me.
- 2 cups (500 mL) pan-fried (or frozen) mixed diced vegetables
- 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL EACH) Italian-style tomatoes
- 1 can (5 -1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
- 2 cups (500 mL) Big Batch Beef
- Combine ingredients in saucepan with Big Batch Beef; heat to simmer, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon.
- Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes.
Did you know cooked pasta keeps for 3-5 days in the fridge. Yes, cooking pasta is quick but you know what is quicker? Grabbing cooked pasta out of the fridge! Sunday night consider cooking up a few cups of pasta to have on hand for lunches or side dishes.
*All “Kid’s Cook!” ideas herein are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they know and understand your rules for working in the kitchen safely and always supervise kids in the kitchen.