JANUARY 2020: A KITCHEN TOOLS PHD CLASS
Italian Surprise Bolognese Plant Pasta + Tasty Tricolore Radicchio Salad + Outrageous Orange Italiano Ice
Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? He pasta way
Where did the spaghetti go to dance? The meat ball
What do you call a pasta that is sick? Mac & sneeze
What is the dress code at a pasta convention? Bowtie
Why did the bolognese tell the noodles to go to bed? It was pasta bedtime
Ciao, Family Chefs! It’s no secret we love Italian food around here. This week’s recipes are oh-so classically Italian….with a twist, of course!
Bolognese “Bowl-oh-NAYZ” is about the richest, meatiest sauce we can think of, and it’s very tasty (and traditional) eaten over fresh pasta like tagliatelle or pappardelle. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what we mean. Now, imagine a vegetarian version made with LENTILS instead of the traditional beef, pork, or pancetta. Remember when we made our Sticky Fingers Cooking German Wurst (sausage) out of pinto beans last year ?! Same idea and equally delicious.
1. Lentils are a fantastic source of fiber. They will help to fill your family up and also keep everything moving as it should inside!
2. Lentils are a great source of inexpensive plant based protein.
3. Lentils are a wonderful source of folate, a B-vitamin that helps support red blood cell formation and proper nerve functions.
4. Lentils also also a good source of magnesium, iron and calcium, to keep your immune system running strong.
5. So basically, lentils are an amazingly fantastic nutritional superfood!
These recipes are a perfect way to spend a lazy family winter Sunday afternoon in your kitchen togther. Your kid chefs will NOT be bored while helping to prepare everything! The downtime while your bolognese simmers on the stove can be filled by tasting and ripping up the ingredients for the Tricolore Radicchio Salad and whisking up the delicious vinaigrette. The radicchio “Ruh-DEE-kee-oh” and endive in the salad are pure magic when served up with the pasta. A little bitter, a little sweet. Or by learning colors in Italian, or how to count to ten. What about counting up all of the Italian dishes your family have tasted toegther, and come up with ingredients to build an Italian pantry in your own kitchen (i.e. garlic, tomatoes, basil, anchovies, pasta, pizza dough, olive oil, oranges, etc)?
These recipes offer so many fun ways to learn and connect with your family and to the beautiful country of Italy this week! Enjoy! Buon appetito!
HAPPY + HEALTHY COOKING - Chef Erin and Chef Jacqui