Friday, October 14, 2011

Whole Wheat Rotelle with Grilled Chicken in a Spiced Pumpkin Sauce for Baby

I've been experimenting with different pasta sauces lately, and came up with this one today. It's full of vitamin A, C, calcium, potassium, and folate. Add pasta and chicken and you've got your whole grains, protein and iron. You can puree this for little one's 6+ months or serve as is for little one's that are eating finger foods.

Here's what you need for 1 serving:
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tblsp canned organic 100% pumpkin puree
1/4 cup finely diced organic peeled apple
1 tblsp ricotta cheese
1/3 cup rotelle pasta
1/4 cup whole milk (use water or plain yogurt if your little one is less than 11 months)
1 tblsp pasta water
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch dried sage

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Add rotelle and cook according to package. Reserve 1 tblsp pasta water and then drain.   Grill chicken in a grill pan cooking for 7 minutes on both sides and then cut into bite size pieces. While pasta and chicken are cooking, combine the pumpkin, apple, cheese, milk (or yogurt), and spices in a small sauce pan under medium heat. Stir in pasta water and remove from heat. Add pasta and chicken to sauce and toss to coat. Puree with a little water, or serve as is and enjoy! Make sure to test the temperature of pasta before serving it to your little one.

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