No I am not kidding.
This classic combination of carbs, vegetables and good fat is indeed good for your child’s brain.
Let’s find out how.
A healthy gut is responsible for a healthy brain.
The ingredients that we use in this recipe are full of brain and gut healthy surprises.
- Full of fibre
- Literally no fat
- Low FODMAP food, which means no gas, belly pain, diarrhea or constipation.
- Rich is Folate (almost 10 percent of the daily recommended value)
- Rich in Vit C, Vit A, thiamin, niacin, Vit B-6 and Vit E.
- Rich in Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
- Full of Lycopene, an antioxidant that fights free radicals that can damage your cells and immune system.
- Lutein- protects eyes from the blue light made by smartphones and computers.
- Rich in Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin K1 which is important for bone health.
- Good source of Amino acids.
- Stimulates appetite.
- Helps in Colic
- Helps in constipation
- Helps cure cough and cold.
- Cures infections
- Helps relieve intestinal parasites.
- The fat that is found in this oil is similar to that in breast milk, hence it is easier to digest.
- It helps in absorption of calcium.
- It reduces constipation.
- It protects them from allergies and asthma.
So here is how you can make this easy peazy, full of nutrition and super delicious spaghetti that your kids are going to love!
It is very important to add olive oil in the end after the tomato sauce has fully dried up and is left about one fourth in quantity. Heating too much or for a longer duration kills the properties of olive oil and we will be left with no nutritive value.
Coriander vs Parsley: Although parsley is available in India, our palate is more familiar with ‘Dhania’ and it blends in perfectly in this recipe. The mix of garlic and coriander in butter creates a really nice spicy, pungent and a lively flavour as opposed to the slightly bitter flavour of parsley.
Chopping garlic cloves make them more potent but remember to not sit it for too long as it can get too pungent!
In this recipe, we have used taste enhancers like Lee Kum Kee Light soy sauce, Lee Kum Kee Oyster sauce and Chilli sauce by Veeba. There is no harm in using them and they do give a more ‘restaurant-like’ flavour to foods, that makes it appealing to kids.
Make sure to plate it well and make it attractive. My kids for one love fine dining so I like to make it close to that experience by using my best cutlery, napkins and an extra effect of lights.
Do share your ideas about how you make it special for your kids ?