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Monday, May 26, 2014

Garbanzo Bean - Veggie Pasta

My younger one turned a teenager this weekend. And officially, I am now a mother of two teenagers, who happen to be the opposite ends of a spectrum in every aspect. The older one cannot throw a tantrum for his dear life while the younger one doesn't know how to stop from throwing one. She gets upset at the drop of a hat and so the situations demand a lot of tactful & patient parenting, cajoling and threatening from my side where she is concerned. And even though she is not little anymore, lunch box is still one mini struggle since the stuff she doesn't prefer comes home untouched under the guise of "being not hungry". I therefore involve her while planning lunches and we decide it beforehand what she gets to carry in her lunch box.
If given a choice, my daughter would survive on a salad and pasta diet. She loves pasta so much that she carries it to school at least 2 - 3 times in any given week. I therefore could not avoid from posting a pasta recipe for the lunchbox themed blogging marathon today. I wanted to try something on Mediterranean lines but it got changed into something else as my daughter was hovering around as it was a holiday here. I went according to her whim and choice of ingredients since it was her lunch and got a thumbs up from my kids. 

Ingredients: (2 servings)
1 cup pasta shells of your choice (I used sweetcorn, carrot and squash blend of twisted elbow macaroni.)
1/2 cup cooked / canned garbanzo beans
1 small tomato, chopped
1 small grated carrot
1/4 cup black olives
1/2 cup white cheddar cheese or any other cheese of your preference
2 -3 tbsp milk (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste 
1- 2 tbsp minced parsley / cilantro

* Cook pasta al dente according to the directions on the package and drain.
* Transfer the pasta to the pan and add all the ingredients except the parsley / cilantro. Just heat until the cheese has melted and blended into the mixture.
* Turn off the stove, transfer the pasta into a serving platter and garnish with parsley/cilantro.

This rice dish goes to 
1. Blogging marathon #40
2. Srivalli's Kids' delight event, hosted by Jayanthi this month with the theme - Lunch box.



Usha said...

That bowl of pasta is very tempting and inviting.

vaishali sabnani said...

Thats a lovely pasta..and must say all kids would love it...well what can you say about kids...truly its difficult to take care in todays time!

Priya Suresh said...

Wow this pasta looks very colourful with plenty of colours.. Soo tempting.

Pavani N said...

Belated birthday wishes to ur daughter Suma. I can see my son growing up to be a super picky eater like ur daughter.
That pasta salad looks colorful and delicious.

Sapana Behl said...

So rich and creamy pasta ....lovely!

Varadas Kitchen said...

Your daughter picked a nice combination of ingredients. The pasta salad looks great.

Srivalli said...

Suma, my belated wishes to your daughter..didn't realize yours and mine are the same age..mine turned a teenager a month ago ..so nice to read about her..and it's good that this dish got her thumbs up..:)..My daughter also loves pasta, should try this on her..how does this stay up on the warm part?..do you pack in a hot box or something..or is this pasta good as cold as well?

Harini-Jaya R said...

A Simple Pasta salad can take our minds off so many pressures on a workday morning, right??
I am sure handling teenagers is a delicate task and moms often get labelled 'villians' for being the taskmasters, in their mind :)

Archana Potdar said...

Suma you pasta is making me hungry! ;) Love teh combo.