Perfectly balanced, as all things should be
Whether you are looking to build up on carbohydrates, fats or protein, the Salmon Beans Pasta might just be the perfect meal for you and your little one. It contains just the right amount of the three macronutrients and all mixed together in a great lunch or dinner meal.
Salmon is just about one of the best sources of "good" fats and omega 3s that you can find and it is available all year round and easy to make. Since omega 3s are one of the crucial nutrients for your child's growth and development, especially when it comes to the brain and cognitive functions, it's a great food to include in their diet.
Beans are a great plant-based source of protein but also contain significant amounts of fiber and zinc. It is best to choose dried beans and then soak them prior to cooking/preparing as they are minimally processed that way. But if you don't have time for that, then canned ones will do just fine.
Pasta is our main carbohydrate in this meal – ideally whole grain instead of white. Whole grain has much higher nutritional content, especially minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron. It also has a much more fiber than white pasta.
To top off our perfectly balanced meal we use shredded goat cheese just to add some calcium to the meal.
This is an easy meal to prepare, but make sure you plan in advance if using dried beans! However, soaking them for a few hours is fine if you forget to put them in the night before. The meal is intended to be served as finger food, or practice food for using a fork.
Salmon Beans Pasta
- ¼ cup raw black beans (pre-soaked for at least 12 hours)
- 1.8 oz salmon
- ½ cup whole wheat pasta
- 2 tbsp grated goats cheese
- Soak the beans in water for at least 12 hours prior to cooking. Place in a large enough container to allow for expansion and cover with two inches of water
- Place the black beans in a pot of water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and leave for about 1 hour or until fully cooked
- Preheat the oven to 390°F / 200°C
- Once the oven is hot, place the salmon on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until fully cooked
- Add pasta to another pot of water, bring to boil and leave for about 8 minutes until pasta is fully cooked
- Once everything is finished, plate it up and sprinkle the pasta with grated goats cheese