Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kid Stuff: Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

A couple years back we used to get together with Thatboy's coworkers on a regular basis.  We'd meet with all our kids and let them play while we ate.  Except Thatbaby was always an infant during those time periods, so he watched more than played.  Then they started having their seconds (and thirds) and got busy with babies so we kind of dropped our get togethers.

A couple of weekends ago, we got together with one of his coworkers to restart the trend.  It had been so long since we'd seen them, that Thatbaby had never even met their 2 year old daughter!

Unsurprisingly, Thatbaby was much more taken with the older brother.  A "big boy" which is obviously cooler than a baby girl.  Nevertheless, they managed to all have fun together.

There were games to play, puddles to splash in, and pianos to play.

Thatbaby loved having a day to play with his new friends.  He didn't want to leave.  The promise of pasta for dinner was definitely an incentive though.  Because kids?  They love pasta.  Or at least Thatbaby does.  He especially likes being able to pick out his own pasta shape.  And on those days when getting him to eat veggies is a chore, this is a surefire way to get them in!

Pasta with Chicken and Veggies
 8 oz pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 chicken breast, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup your favorite chopped veggies (zucchini, spinach, broccoli)

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, garlic, and onions and saute until chicken is browned.
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth and veggies and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the chicken and veggies, toss and serve.


  1. Yum! Our dude would snarf that down too!

  2. It's always nice to see kids playing together. They are very imaginative! That baby is becoming That little boy now.

    Nice pasta!!! Totally agree this is always the dish to make kids eating their vege :p

  3. Yay for playdates! The.Boy never says no to pasta either. :)