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.
October is National Pasta Month!
Celebrate with recipes from PastaFits.org. In addition to recipes, you’ll find nutrition information, contest and promotions, as well as general cooking tips and pasta facts. Pasta Fits is a nutrition and culinary education and resource initiative sponsored by the National Pasta Association. So you can celebrate national pasta month with good for you food for your family.
To celebrate in our house I decided to give these Healthy Stuffed Shells from PastaFits.org a try.
Knowing that this recipe was filled with carrots and spinach I did do my prep while the boys were outside playing in an effort to get these veggies past them. I have never made stuffed shells before but I was surprised by how easy there were. When looking at the ingredients I wasn’t even sure how they’d mix together but I was able to easily get it all mixed nicely together. But there was definitely no getting past the green of the spinach.
But I loved that I was able to prep them and then refrigerate them. Since we spend MANY nights out at sports practices right at dinner time, we are often very rushed for dinner. With these stuffed shells I could easily prep them the night before and then just have to heat it all and have a hearty, delicious dinner on the table in under an hour.
And it turned out delicious, at least in my opinion. I was honestly shocked by the reception it got from my kids. The little one, well I thought it was a long shot getting any GREEN food into him, and he didn’t surprise me. He declined to try it and had to make himself something else to eat. But my oldest who I typically consider my most adventurous eater tried it but insisted the spinach made it taste weird. Sigh. But the middle one, if I had to guess he’d have been the other one who I would have assumed would have turned up his nose at it. And he was a little put off by the looks of it. But following our house rules of trying things, he tried a bite and loved it….and had not only seconds but thirds. So you just never know until you try something. Thankfully we had company come by the night I made it that helped us eat it. But I think it’d also hold well for lunch leftovers too. And I also think you could prep it and freeze some for later though I didn’t try that.