this computer.) Well it doesn't actually work. But you don't need to spend much time with kids to notice that their imagination is pretty powerful. Sylvia and I had fun painting, designing a desktop and drawing in the keyboard. Sylvia helped writing out the letters. Then she used it for a seat and a dolls bed and kept tapping away at my own laptop at inappropriate moments! Sigh!
Spaghetti-Os'. However Spaghetti Hoops rang a bell. However I think this is the British name and ours is just boring old Tinned Spaghetti.
I am not sure I have ever given Sylvia tinned spaghetti. Recently I have been trying to introduce her to some different tastes. Something a bit more adventurous than the plain food she loves. I thought these Spaghetti Hoops might appeal.
With a little gentle persuasion (ie cajoling and wheedling) she ate some of this slightly more sophisticated tomato sauce on pasta - covered in parmesan cheese. So maybe there is hope that this very simple and smooth sauce might help her try some pasta sauces. As for me, I loved it and ate the remaining sauce with more pasta for lunch the next day.
caramel popcorn she was excited. She doesn't care if it is full of white sugar and butter or coconut sugar and cashew butter. Just so long as it is sweet and sticky and finds its way into her hair.
I loved how easy this caramel was. No faffing around with cooking caramel to the right colour and waiting for it to cool. It probably doesn't last as long as the real caramel. (Having said that I ate some about 4 days later and it was edible albeit soft and chewy.) Even better that it was healthier and didn't make oodles. A fun rainy day recipe.
I am sending the caramel popcorn to Ricki's Wellness Weekends and the Spaghetti Hoops to Jac for Bookmarked Recipes.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Asparagus, potato and quinoa soup, mermaids and tulips
Two years ago: How to make gravy
Three years ago: GYO Tahini Caulflower and City Sights
Four years ago: Nicki’s Nana’s Chulent
Five years ago: Sticky toffee pudding - my kind of healthy!
Homemade spaghetti hoops
Lightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
serves 2 (light meals for adults, a lot for a resistant child)
- 1 cup dried pasta hoops (or other small pasta)
- 1/2 jar of passata (about 350ml)
- 2 tbsp milk of choice (I used soy)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder (I only have granules so used these)
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp salt (according to taste, I used 1 tsp)
- 1 tbsp margarine (I used nuttalex)
- 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp agave or other sweetener
Healthy caramel popcorn
Lightly adapted from Sift Stir and Savour
Serves 2 (very generously)
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 brown paper bag
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or other granulated sugar)
- 2 tbsp agave (or other liquid sweetener)
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 tbsp soy milk
- 1 tbsp coconut cream
- sea salt, to taste (I used couple of good pinches)
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