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Pasta Lover's Hodgepodge

Cook up whole wheat or whole-grain pasta (or use pasta from last night's dinner) and refrigerate it. To make sure your child gets protein, add in lean meat or low-fat cheese.

For the fiber and more nutrition, chop in plenty of veggies. You can cook them first, but raw is pretty good for taste and better nutrition.

Toss all of this together with light vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil.

Pack the salad in a reusable container, along with a fork, and you've got the meal done, save for slipping into the sack a bottle of water and something tasty like orange slices or grapes for dessert.

 Photo: An illustration of two pasta makers in the 15th century.

A learning moment about pasta to pass on to your child:

Fresh pasta was traditionally produced by hand or with simple machines. But today pasta is typically commercially produced by large-scale machines and there are varieties and colors you can find in most supermarkets.

For the best in nutrition, though, stick with whole wheat or whole grain. For more info...


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