Even though we woke up to another snowy morning there are so many things I love about March! A week ago the birds were chirping outside my window every morning, we were able to swap out our bulky winter coats for our spring jackets (sundresses are right around the corner- right??!!) and we’ve had some great days to enjoy an outdoor meal. I love making lunch, packing up the stroller and taking a nice long walk to the park before our afternoon naps. The fresh air always puts both girls in such a good mood, Madeleine gets to burn off some energy and I get a little bit of a work out in. All good things if you ask me! Now lets just cross our fingers and hope that this snow thing doesn’t happen again.
While Madeleine was in school on Monday I made a batch of her favorite meals- Dino Noodle Soup! This soup is such a staple in our house- It’s quick and easy and it’s something you can tweak to fit what your family likes. I try to pack it with veggies and I’ll even try to sneak some chicken (gasp!) in there. For dinner I will serve it up with a grilled cheese cut into shapes and dipped in ketchup, of course! We are going through a picky phase at the moment so I try to keep meal time fun and interesting. Right now Madeleine is OBSESSED with dinosaurs so when I saw this pasta at Whole Foods I knew we had to have it. She loves to point out all of the different dinosaurs in there and thinks its super funny that they fit in her tummy, or we try to eat all of our carrots before the T-Rex gets them!
dino noodle soup
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 32oz low sodium good quality chicken broth
- 1 cup of water**
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
- your favorite pasta! we use Severino Apastasaurus (aka dino noodles!) found at our local Whole Foods. you can find lots of fun pasta on amazon!
In a large pot over medium, melt butter. Add carrots, onions & celery and cook until tender (about 7 minutes). Add the the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Pour in the chicken broth, parsley (or any other herbs you’d like!), salt & pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. In a separate pot cook your pasta according to the directions and add to soup right before you serve.
*Taste the broth and use your own judgement when it comes to the water. Madeleine isn’t always a huge fan of the strong chicken flavored broth (picky toddler over here!).
Like I said before- you can do so much with this recipe! Some days we add extra veggies (we’ve done broccoli, peas and corn), shredded chicken or beans. I usually throw in whatever she is a fan of that week. I keep the pasta separate and add right before I serve so it doesn’t soak up too much moisture and get mushy. Madeleine also loves to toss some Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies on top! Yum!
Since it was around 63 degrees outside when I picked Madeleine up I brought lunch with us to have at the playground. I’m such a huge fan of this insulated food jar from Nuby! It keeps her soup warm and there is a spot in the lid for her crackers. Since it works great with both hot and cold foods I also use it for Eloise since she likes her applesauce cold. Another favorite in our house is the pink suction bowl- it’s great for Eloise since she LOVES to throw her food/bowl/spoon/self? off of the table. It’s kind of funny to watch her get mad at first because she can’t move the bowl. Both the insulated jar and suction bowl come with spoons attached to their lids it is really easy to travel with! I also packed some extra cheddar bunnies and raisins in her iMonster snack keeper just incase.
This month Nuby is all about Meal Time and if you visit Babies R Us you can find all of the items pictured and save BIG during Babies R Us Mega-Licious Mealtime Sale. It’s running until the end of the month so go and stock up! They are also having a FREE Mealtime Event on Saturday March 12th from 11am-12pm.
Head over to my Instagram account (@roseandmarigold) for more photos and a chance to win one of these awesome Insulated Food Jars!