It’s what you put on the pasta that counts.

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Because sometimes it’s just a bowl of pasta.

We see a lot of great ideas for kid-friendly meals on social media, but often parents don’t always have the time to whip up these amazing creations.  This can be leave us feeling guilty. Please don’t! The priority should be that the food is real, so that could even mean a plate of meat and steamed veg. Sure, dried pasta is a little processed, and tinned tuna probably isn’t as good as fresh wild tuna…but some days that’s all you’ve got, and you haven’t had the chance to go to the supermarket. We didn’t even have cheese so I put a dollop of natural yoghurt on it for added protein and calcium.  I grated zucchini over it, drizzled on a little olive oil, sprinkled on some lovely purple dulse flakes* for added nutrition and colour, and there you have it. A quick, easy, and nutritious dinner. It’s what you do overall that counts.

*Dulse is a type of alga or sea vegetable similar to seaweed, which can be added to meals like soups, salads, casseroles, or pasta/rice dishes. It’s incredibly nutritious. It helps to build strong bones: it contains many minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and iron. It lowers blood pressure: another important mineral it contains is potassium. It can improve vision: it contains high levels of Vitamin A. It boosts the immune system: it’s rich in Vitamin C. It supports thyroid health: it’s high in iodine. It’s also high in fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. (Source)

It is generally not advised that pregnant or breastfeeding women consume seaweeds because of their high levels of iodine. Babies can eat it, but do your research first (I’ve included some articles below) and ask a naturopath at the health food shop, which is generally where you find dulse flakes.

Further reading about sea vegetables and recipes to try:

Seaweed is the new kale: a doctor explains

7 ways to eat more seaweed (and why you should)

What does seaweed do for children?

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