Generally, Penelope and Apple don’t like puréed food. Penelope tolerates it a little better than Apple, however, it’s still touch and go. Apple has been so stubborn and independent since the day she was born, we were almost forced into baby led weaning because she wants to feed herself! She won’t even take a sippy cup – she MUST use a cup and straw. Honestly, this kid is nuts. Now, most of the time you will find whole pieces of food on their tables while I watch like a hawk, ready to administer CPR at any given moment. Thankfully, it’s never come to that and I pray it never does.
In an effort to feed myself and my babies, I’ve decided to make lunch at the beginning of the week and reheat throughout the week. On Sunday I made a one-pot pasta and thought I’d share with you all! It was easy, fast, and reheats well. P&C both liked it as well, which was good. When I plopped down to eat, I would scoop some out for the girls and away we went.
chicken, diced (I used 3 boneless, skinless thighs)
1 cup (or more) onion, diced
2 cups of chicken broth
3 cups of water
pasta (I used shells so it would be a good size for the girls)
1 cup of milk
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
4 cups of broccoli, chopped
Sauté chicken in oil until almost cooked through. Add diced onion, salt, and pepper and Sauté until no longer pink. Add broth, water, and pasta and continue to cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Add milk, cheese, and broccoli and cook until broccoli is soft and cheese is melted.
You can spice as you see fit, I guess. Mine is pretty bland because I intended to feed this to the girls as well. Next time, I think I would add mushrooms as well – because I LOVE mushrooms.
Watch for this weeks lunch recipe: Cheesy Broccoli and Chicken Rice Bake!