Pasta Passport: 10 Healthy International Noodle Recipes
My kids live for pasta. Chloe, 2, and Kenya, 4, will devour any kind of noodle that's long and slurpable. While we do have typical spaghetti sometimes, I mix things up with noodles from different countries. In most cases, they have more fiber and other nutrients. And when the vitamins are about the same, I make sure the sauce I put on them is extra healthy. Give these recipes a whirl -- or should I say twirl?
Summer Soba Noodles
Made from whole-grain buckwheat, soba noodles have half the calories (and carbs) of spaghetti. Our take on this fave combines cold noodles with a protein-rich peanut-butter sauce.
Stir-Fried Shrimp Over Rice Noodles
Brown-rice noodles can be great for kids on a gluten-free diet or picky eaters who don't like the dense texture of whole-wheat pasta.
Curry Cellophane Noodles
Made from mung bean starch, these soft, slippery noodles are fun to eat and low in fat and cholesterol.
The sauce is packed with vitamin A (from the hidden carrots), vitamin C (courtesy of the tomatoes), and protein (thanks to the turkey).
Mexican pasta? Who knew that our Southern neighbors use vermicelli (thin noodles they call fideo) in popular dishes
Rice Noodle Salad
This vitamin C-rich dish comes together in just one pot. How convenient is that?
Chicken Cacciatore with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
This traditional, hearty Italian dish tastes just as delicious over fiber-rich, whole-grain pasta. Most kids won't even notice the difference.
Use dot-shaped pastina (it even comes in a whole-grain version), and you won't have to cut up noodles for the littlest pasta fans.
15-Minute Pasta Salad
If your kids are picky about eating veggies, slice strawberries into your pasta salad instead.