There are tons of ways for kids to help make this Simple Spaghetti with Turkey Marinara & Hidden Veggies. Chopping, mixing, taste-testing ♥️I mean, who doesn’t love spaghetti?!
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: SPAGHETTI
- Fruits: none
- Veggies: onion, carrot, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes2
- Grains: pasta
- Protein: turkey
- Dairy: cheese
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
- Spaghetti is a long, thin noodle made from wheat flour and water.
- Fresh spaghetti is made with a rolling pin and a knife, or using modern pasta machines.
- The word spaghetti comes from the Italian word ‘spaghetto,’ which translates to ‘thin string’ or ‘twine.’
- Spaghetti is rich in carbohydrates, which give our body energy.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Simple Spaghetti with Turkey Marinara & Hidden Veggies. Just hover over each image for details. And make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To help make the sauce, kids can:
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Show your kids how to carefully grate.
Wear goggles to chop onions!
Goggles will protect little eyes from tearing up.
Because they're so soft, mushrooms are an easy veggie for kids to cut.
Add turkey to pan & break it up as it cooks
Add marinara to turkey & veggies
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To prepare the pasta, kids may:
Bring water to a boil
This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!
Let kids decide if noodles are done. Hungry toddlers love this job!
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.