My kids are growing up. I knew they would, but seriously… why does it have to happen overnight? One day it is Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder and the next it is all sports and Pokemon. Little People are getting replaced with even littler Polly Pockets. Elmo and Zoe are no longer favorites and instead we love Troy and Gabriella.
I knew things were changing around here when we started back to school. On a shopping trip to buy my 7 year old new underwear, he told me, “Mom, will you please stop buying me underwear with characters on them? I don’t want Transformers or anything… just plain underwear.” While shopping at the Disney store, my big Kindergartner told me that “Princess backpacks are soooo preschool, mom. I just want a plain pink or purple backpack.” Well, then. Okey doke.
Even my 3 year old is getting in on the big act, saying things my other two never had even heard at this age. “I see London, I see France, I see someones pants on fire.” She doesn’t quite have it down completely, but still… so grown up.
The kiddos are even growing up with their meal time behavior. No longer am I getting the “Ewwww…what’s that?” or the “I don’t like <enter random veggie here>”. Instead I am getting at least one, if not two willing kid eaters for just about everything I put on the table. Jacob doesn’t question anything anymore and will try what is placed in front of him. He has always been a good eater, but this more “grown up at the old age of 7″ version of Jacob does’t bat an eye at anything and pretty much devours whatever is on his plate.
If you’ve got a bunch of grown up little eaters in your house, try this Rachael Ray recipe out for Zucchini and Bow Ties (and incidentally, Rachael… no hard feelings about Dine & Dish suddenly being removed after a year of holding a very appreciative spot on your fave blogs list and being replaced with a blog that has a very similar name… not hurt by that at all, so don’t worry a thing about it, ‘kay? Incidentally, I do understand that apparently you and the other blog are “friends” so my being on your list was probably a mistake in the first place anyway, but still… was flattered and now, no hard feelings. ) Sorry…where was I? Oh – this recipe… the whimsical bow tie pastas and the grown up zucchini is the perfect combination of maturity (hello – High School Musical) and child (we love Elmo!).
1 pound bow-tie pasta
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks
Coarse black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn or shredded (20 leaves)
(I added 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Cook the bow ties al dente, with a bite. Heads up: You will need a couple of ladles of starchy cooking water.
Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the EVOO and the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the zucchini. Cook gently for 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add a couple of ladles of cooking water. Drain the pasta and add to the zucchini. Toss with the cheese and turn off the heat. Toss for 2 minutes, until the liquids are absorbed. Serve in shallow bowls with lots of shredded basil on top.
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