Kids! I have two, the girl is 6 and the boy is 4, I love them, just love em, all sweetness and naughtiness rolled up in a squidgy little bundle! Except dinner time that’s a whole other story. The girl I have nicknamed Dyson, if it’s in front of her she sucks it right up, even if it’s not in front of her, she’ll seek it out, and she never loses suction. The boy however is a different story. Diagnosed with fructose mal-absorption or intolerance at about 15 months old, even though the symptoms appeared as early as 8 months old, diet has since been a challenge. Learning which foods he could tolerate, avoiding the ones he can’t and generally preparing meals around this has been the “urgh” part of my day for a long time. As he is getting older he is beginning to tolerate more and more foods which is awesome, but we seem to have created a fussy, picky eater. He was so limited where fruits and wheat were concerned we encouraged him to pig out on all the stuff he could have mainly because he had lost so much weight during diagnosis and fattening him up became the focus. Capsicum is the staple for every meal except breakfast, rice crackers too, and tasty cheese cut into cubes of course, thankfully the boy loves porridge, soy milk, maple syrup and most cereals so he gets some nutritionally good meals. He’s eating a bit better and is becoming a bit more adventurous, just yesterday after many attempts over the last few years I finally got him to try mayonnaise, in his words ” I love it” I was so excited I sent his dad a text message at work, but he’s still a whippet, so skinny, healthy but skinny. I saw a few posts for spaghetti muffins on Facebook and Pinterest, I have heard of spaghetti bolognese pizza before but muffins? I did a quick Google search for recipe ideas and there were so many I read through few and decided to create my own. The verdict, delicious, and that is straight from the boy’s mouth! Yay one more meal that he can eat that’s healthy and good for him, incidentally the girl and the hubby both love them too! I have even kept a few aside for the school lunch boxes, I am the mumma!
What you’ll need………
300 g cooked spaghetti
1 cup bolognese sauce, prepared by you or the jar style where you just add mince (if you’re really time poor, replace pasta and bolognese sauce with a 420 g can of spaghetti and sauce)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 eggs beaten
How to do it………
Preheat oven to 180°c , cook your pasta according to packet directions until al dente, drain and set a side. While your pasta is cooking you can make your sauce, I chose the” add mince beef to a jar” of prepared sauce mainly because its easy and with kids the simpler the flavors the better. Add to a large bowl, beaten eggs, 1½ cups mozzarella, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, pasta and finally bolognese sauce. Grease muffin tray with cooking spray to prevent sticking and share mixture evenly throughout the pan. Top with remaining mozzarella and into the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tray and enjoy!