Carbs for kids
15 October 2012
Both rice and pasta thrive when introduced to a knob of butter, and if you throw peas or any other greens into the mix, well presto, you’ve got yourself a nice plate of tasty carbs and veg – a great source of energy for your offspring.
Carbohydrates are wonderfully reliable when raising children.
Potatoes, rice, pasta and bread are each, on its own, the perfect instant staple. But when paired with something else – like butter or olive oil – they become instantly more delicious for the little ones.
My children spent a year at École Maternelle, a French pre-school. This Gallic academic year had them bemused and confused by another language, and completely frustrated by the lengthy, four-course meals they were served for lunch everyday.
To their surprise, their super French three and four-year old peers took their time during lunch, contentedly munching away on their salad entrée, followed by a rabbit stew, then a cheese course, and a pudding to bring the meal to its grand finale.
One side dish the school served on a regular basis was small pasta smothered in butter. And this humble buttered pasta was a great favourite amongst the children, including mine, when served alongside meats and vegetables.
I continue to serve this simple dish to this day to my kids. Both rice and pasta thrive when introduced to a knob of butter, and if you throw peas or any other greens into the mix, well presto, you’ve got yourself a nice plate of tasty carbs and veg – a great source of energy for your offspring.
I personally like to match my buttered pasta with roast vegetables, grilled sausages, and a side of fresh salad and a corn on the cob. Easy to make, but packed with nutrients and flavour, it’s an effortless meal to whip up for children.
By Hannah Newton
Image by Rich Stapleton