Isn’t it funny how children are much more interested in eating something when it’s has a fun name? I have a hard time getting my children to eat Farfalle Alle Erbe Panna Rosa (a tasty little recipe from my sister-in-law you can find here), but if I call it “Butterfly Noodles”, they’re all over it!
Particularly when we’ve been talking about bugs, I like to serve up some butterfly noodles for lunch or as a snack. You can serve them a million different ways! Ok, a million may be an exaggeration, but you get the point – they’re versatile! You can go with plain, just cheese, sauce from a can, family heirloom sauce recipe, chopped fresh tomatoes and basil – whatever it takes to get the kiddos to eat it, and you to feel like they got something healthy out of the deal!
For some extra fun, I like to mix up a box of farfalle (bow-tie) noodles with a box of fusilli (spiral) noodles for a stellar favorite around here, known by the gourmet name of “Butterflies and Caterpillars”.
Bring your little ones in the kitchen with you for all kinds of developmental benefits as they help prepare their own snack or meal.
With this snack, I often talk to the children about whether or not they would really want to eat insects. Most say no, but then we talk about how, in some places and cultures, insects are eaten! Most children are more than happy to simply pretend. And so am I.
Top photo by Patrick Moore.