Will My Kids Eat It? Lentil-A-Roni


One mission I’m on is to get Arthur and DeeW to eat pasta sauces. They love pasta, but prefer it plain. Fortunately, they eat what I call the B12 Delight: plain pasta that is then tossed with some vegan butter and nutritional yeast. Then they dump a load of vegan parmesan on top.

Still, I’d like them to have a favourite pasta sauce which is, say, tomato based with some additional veg or Good Thing thrown in. I think they would handle tomato based easily enough but something like a pesto base would be too strong.

Enter the Lentil-A-Roni recipe from Isa Chandra M’s Isa Does It. Arthur’s favourite cookbook is Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. He knows the page numbers of the recipes he wants to make. Isa even signed our copy for him. That’s gotta be a good omen or two, right?


Well. Upon seeing pasta WITH SAUCE, Arthur was all no no no, the pasta has sauce on it. I prefer mine plain. And I was all BUT ISA SAYS. Isa says kids will (probably) dig it. So he tried a piece, delicately balanced on his fork but eyeballing it like Jack Bristow in an interrogation room.


DeeW: “It’s yummy. It’s really good. I would like to have this again.”

Arthur: “What’s the brown thing? You know I’m allergic to lentils. And pasta sauce. This is double allergy. I’ve tried it, now can I please have some plain pasta? You don’t have to worry about making sauce for me, if I have plain pasta it means less work for you and saving money because you don’t need to make a portion for me. I think that’s a good idea. Less cooking stress for you, a nice meal for me. Problem easily solved.”

So I was pretty pleased DeeW really liked it. She’s cool with pasta sauces at least. But Arthur had me doing that face Seinfeld does when he says “Newman!” with the agitated fist pump of defeat.

As for me, I really liked it so I’m not complaining about an extra portion!

22 thoughts on “Will My Kids Eat It? Lentil-A-Roni

  1. Aww kids eh! My little brother pretty much survived on plain pasta and plain chips (fries) until he was 12 or so. He was the kid who would have a bowl of sauce, and a bowl of pasta, but no, they must nevereverever mix! Maybe Arthur would like the sauce if it stayed separate to the pasta?

    • I miiight be able to entice him if the sauce has no bits ๐Ÿ˜› Funnily enough he has no problem with ketchup-tomato sauce or raspberry sauce with bits!

  2. Your children sound just like my brother and I when we were kids! If the pasta had even a sprinkle of herbs on top, we wouldn’t eat it! My parents and Nan devised a “Nanny’s special sauce”, which was basically a tomato based sauce with LOTS of vegetables blended and hidden in it! I’ve grown up into an adventurous eater now though, so hopefully your children will too! Love this theme ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I put veggies in my son’s smoothies but he beats me on the pasta sauces big time. I just need to get him to eat rice and that will open up so many possibilities (I hope!)

        • He’s had orzo in a tomato based sauce before, thanks for that because I’d forgotten! I make a Greek orzo/risoni dish now and then so I might give it a go. ‘They’ say offer the food 15 times or something before taking it off the menu, I never quite worked out if that meant 15 days in a row ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I feel the same way about pasta and sylvia – what is so odd about a little sauce on pasta!!!! And if she must reject it I wish she could do it in such an articulate way as Arthur. Great that DeeW liked it. You are halfway there – now you just need to explain to Arthur how much you worry about him not getting enough nutrients with plain pasta and if he really cared he would just eat the damned pasta sauce – ha ha – and now as I just so happen to have Isa Does It beside me I will find that recipe as it sounds delish

  4. Well, Arthur has quite the rationale. He’s a smart one! I figure the best we can do is make progress over time when it comes to the kids eating. I made mashed potatoes with cauliflower tonight (from Oh She Glows) and the kids ate it just as well as they do regular mashed potatoes. So that was one small victory! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I’m planning on giving baked potatoes a try but now I’ll give mash a go as well (both kids won’t go near it, who doesn’t like mashed potatoes?!)