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.
SO, DID MY KIDS EAT IT?
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!