I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
As a busy mom who works full-time from home and also homeschools four boys, it can be stressful to try and plan a week’s worth of meals that the whole family can enjoy. That is why I am teaming up with PastaFits.org, a nutrition and culinary education resource sponsored by the National Pasta Association. As a National Pasta Association Ambassador, I will be sharing delicious and healthy meals for your family all made with pasta. The five recipes below are all on the Pasta Fits website, and can help make your weeknight dinners fast and delicious!
The National Pasta Association has created PastaFits.org, a resource where you can go to find nutritional information on pasta, cooking resources, recipes and more. We use a fair amount of pasta in our weeknight meals because it is a really budget friendly option. When I use pasta, I have to use less meat. Whereas, if I make meat the main course by itself, I have to buy two pounds or more for each meal.
When paired with plenty of fiber-filled vegetables, lean meats, healthy oils and beans, pasta can make delicious, healthy and versatile meals to fit any family’s needs. I love making Asian dishes, and so many of them can be made using noodles. I have also enjoyed learning some new ways to use pasta, like in the pudding and stuffed pepper recipes on the Pasta Fits site. In addition, I learned that the complex carbs in pasta help provide the optimum fuel for your muscles and brain.
5 Easy Weeknight Meals
The boys learned a long time ago from Chinese restaurants that they like rice noodles, they are also big fans of fish, so this meal is one we can’t wait to try!
This is so much like a traditional spaghetti and meat sauce, that I think the boys would welcome it with open mouths. It is a great way to get them to try new pastas without scaring them away.
Add meat and cumin to the skillet.