07 March 2013

Baby Bites: Thai Noodles

I'm addicted to researching recipes on Pinterest. It gives our rotation of family meals better variety, and it gives me the chance to try my hand at different cuisines. We were instant fans of the spicy Thai noodles recipe I pinned and made last week. And with as much as Nerd loves meals that include pasta, I took an already-easy recipe and made it even easier. I took out the heat component (seriously, guys, the original recipe very spicy) and dialed back the sodium.

Flavors galore.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • splash soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cut spaghetti
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed and grated
  • 2 stalks green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • bean sprouts and crushed peanuts (optional, for topping)
Directions:
Cook the cut spaghetti in boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, combine and whisk the sesame oil, honey, and splash of soy sauce in a small bowl. Pour over cooked pasta and toss until coated. Stir in the grated carrot, cilantro, and green onion. Serve warm. Top with bean sprouts and/or crushed peanuts if your toddler likes the texture.

Notes about this recipe:
  • Someone out there is freaking out about the inclusion of soy sauce in this recipe. Yes, I get it. It's packed with sodium, which is why I say to add only a splash of it. It gives the Thai sauce a hint of color and compliments the sweetness from the honey. If you're uncomfortable with even a trace amount of this stuff (or if you're allergic to soy-based foods), I'm sure the meal would taste fine without it.
  • Remember that recipes including honey are for children OVER the age of 1 year!
  • Onions can make babies and toddlers gassy. They're easy to omit if this is the case with your little one.
  • This meal is still amazing without the spice. I found myself eating spoonfuls of it whenever I prepared her a plate of it.

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