St.Patrick's Day Pasta
To respect the spirit of St.Patrick's Day, Sonshine wanted to eat something green. He wanted broccoli pasta for dinner.
There was a time when, (if) I suggested broccoli pasta, Sonshine would run like the wind.
That was the time when Sonshine hated all green thingies ((read:vegetable), and, broccoli being in the green-things-category, it definitely made the hate-list.
He hated all things green except:
green grass ( because I don't ask him to eat it)
green M&Ms (do you need an explanation as to why he loved this?)
There was one green thing that he absolutely adored (nope, not a vegetable) - his green Ben 10 watch. When he was not complaining about how his mom was trying to serve him green thingies to eat, he would be off saving the world by transforming into aliens with the help of his Ben 10 watch. My very own super-hero. Muah!
One of the first green thingies I tried to make him love, at least like, OK, I would settle for tolerate, was, broccoli. I tried a zillion ways to serve broccoli to make it tempting.
I tried grilling the life out of the vegetable (pun intended). When I served the grilled broccoli, Sonshine would grill me with his stare. After much coaxing, he would put one bite into his mouth and throw up.
I tried steaming broccoli, and when served, steam would come out of Sonshine's ears. Again, after a lot of coaxing, he would put one bite into his mouth and throw up.
I suggested to pretend that he was a vegetarian giant that loved the "broccoli trees". When the giant got hungry he would uproot the tree and crush the branches with super sharp teeth. (oh, what imagination, mumma! If this trick works on your broccoli-hater, please let me know. I will patent the idea and get rich). This was when Sonshine was at an age where these pretend stories would have worked like a charm on any other vegetable other than yucky-green- thingies.
As time went on, he started taking one, may be two, bites at a time,slowly got used to the texture and taste of the lovely broccoli.
Now, he loves broccoli - steamed or stir fried or in his pasta. But, still not the grilled kind.
But I am OK with that.
Mom is Happy-y-y-y.
Now, I am not surprised Sonshine asks for Garlic Flavored Broccoli Pasta.
Garlic Flavored Broccoli Pasta
- 2 cups Cooked Penne pasta
- ½ cup Broccoli florets
- 2 tbsp Butter
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- Salt to taste
- Heat a small pan over medium high heat.
- Melt the butter in the pan and add garlic powder.
- Wait for a few seconds and add the broccoli florets and saute for a minute.
- Throw in the cooked penne pasta and give it a good stir.
- Sprinkle salt. Toss or stir everything together.
- Serve hot.