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Toddlers in the Kitchen {Seaweed Pasta}

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This is a super fun recipe to involve your toddler in the kitchen and it goes well with our Pirate Month Theme for Toddler School! Cash {2} is really fascinated with cooking now and I’m constantly hearing “Cash cook?” in that sweet little voice. It’s actually harder than you might think to involve a toddler in the kitchen so I am constantly looking for new ways and recipes that he can help me make. If you are in the same boat… here is one for you!

This recipe is for “Seaweed” Pasta but really it is pesto. Seaweed just ties in for our Pirate Month
You could also serve this for a Pirate Birthday Party, or even Ocean week in your classrooms or at daycare. Check the noodle contents though as I am sure they are not gluten or allergy free! (There is my PSO warning!)

I also used Ramen noodle pasta because it seemed more “dramatic” {ha ha} than regular noodles. But, I don’t add in the flavoring that comes with them.

What you need:
2 Packages of Ramen Noodles
Avocado
Basil
Spinach/Kale Combo
Mushrooms {seashells}
Blender
Sauce Pan
Cutting board and chopper
Spatula and forks

Instructions:
1) Start boiling your noodles
2) In your blender, (I use a Ninja because I like that you can pop out the blades when it is toddler time!) add in your avocados, 2 ounces of water (yep! I’m measuring with a baby bottle!) and your leafy greens. I had less than a tablespoon of avocado oil just to keep the noodles from sticking later. This is totally optional.

 3) Blend the crud out of it!

4) While your noodles are still boiling, coarsely chop up some basil and spinach.

 5) When your noodles are done, strain and cool. Then bring on The Toddler! I bring over a dining room chair (learned that you should put a towel over it from now on!) He gets to blow on the noodles to cool them off.

 

 6) I dump in the pesto and he gets to “mix”

 7) He gets to slide in the “seaweed” and mix again

 8) LOTS of mixing! He would probably mix all day and that’s okay!

 9) When he does all the mixing, that makes him even more excited about tasting!

 10) He can then add in more pesto with a spatula and start plopping in mushrooms {seashells}

 11) Toddler enjoys some control, autonomy and fine motor skill development while you get to enjoy the fact that your picky eater is eating and leaning at the same time!

*Help a mom out by pinning an image or leaving a comment! Thank you so much and I hope your little pirate has as much fun as mine! See my Seaweed Lesson for my 7M pirate HERE!


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