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Chunky Veggie Spaghetti

My little man is going through a phase where he is just not that into most vegetables, except carrots and romaine lettuce (at the moment). As parents, we try our best to provide him with healthy meals in lieu of his favorites: pasta, bread, cheese, fruit and fish.

Luckily, spaghetti is a favorite. After all, who doesn't love spaghetti? When each component of the spaghetti is served to the little man, he barely takes a bite (except for the pasta and those carrots). However, when all of those ingredients come together simmered in a thick spaghetti sauce, he happily eats a whole bowl. Amazing how those finely diced vegetables don't seem to bother him. Knock on wood.

The aforementioned vegetables which are going into the spaghetti sauce

1.5 lb lean ground beef
1 tbsp of fresh garlic or 1 tsp of garlic powder
1 can of spaghetti sauce (I used a 630 ml can)
1 medium sized carrot, (or a large handful of baby carrots) finely diced
2 yellow medium zucchini, finely diced
2 green medium zucchini, finely diced
9 mushrooms, finely diced
Parmesan cheese

1. In a large pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef and garlic.

2. As the ground beef is browning, wash and finely dice the carrot, zucchini and mushrooms.

What a great way to work on your knife skills!

3. Once the ground beef is no longer pink, add the spaghetti sauce and cover with a lid. Simmer for a few minutes.

Bubble, bubble spaghetti sauce

4. Add the carrots and zucchini to the spaghetti sauce. Stir the vegetable mixture into the sauce and cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.

5. Add the mushrooms, cover and cook for another 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft.

Finely chopped mushrooms

6. Serve with spaghetti topped with Parmesan cheese.

Other Options
  • Substitute ground beef with ground turkey or ground chicken
  • Substitute the above vegetables with any vegetables in you have available or is in season. We have used broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, yellow onion and yellow/orange bell peppers. 
Source: Frugal Allergy Mom

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