So how do you get kids to eat anything other than Carbs? Vegetables? Not a chance. My Aunt used to call Green Beans, "Green Chips" to make my cousins eat them!
I'm going for a more stealthy route.
I had some beetroot lying around after I made some puree for my Beetroot Salad, and I didn't really want to pickle it. Don't get me wrong, I love pickled Beetroot, but we have jars and jars of the stuff lying around and don't really need any more.
I have made pasta before, with my Grandma, which is how I got
and turn it into something that looks like the Pasta we all know and love!
As I was kneading and working with the Pasta I found that using a silicone mat worked really well. It usually hate using them because they are so difficult to work out how to wash . . . but it prevented me having to add too much extra flour which would have eventually seized the dough up.
I tried this recipe without kneading the dough first and it was almost impossible to roll through the rollers. I found that a quick knead first made it so much easier.
The first couple of passes will look disastrous - like the dough is going to fall apart, but in actuality it suddenly goes from looking like a train wreck, to coming together super quickly.
Be warned. The red colour of the Beets stains. Everything.
The Flour is so fine, it gets EVERYWHERE!! Uber messy job!
I also had so much fun winding the handle of the Pasta machine.
Yes I do love blending. There is nothing like standing expectantly over the top of the blender waiting for something to be ready, but there was a certain child-like enjoyment to the manual labour I endured to create this!
I actually love doing this so much, that I have a really long list of different flavours to try next! I think Spinach and Garlic will be next on the list - I plan to leave that in sheets and create a green Lasagne with Cauliflower Bechamel, and Soy Mince "Meat". . . only that's another day. I sometimes get a little ahead of myself. My imagination works three times as fast as what I am physically capable of doing.
I decided to dry my pasta, I rolled it out and cut it into strips, I then placed it on a non-stick silicone mat (Greaseproof Paper would work too) on top of a baking sheet and placed it in a warm dry place overnight. (Above our cooker, which powers our heating and warm water so is on 24/7 ).
You don't necessarily have to dry the Pasta out, instead you could freeze it (I didn't do this because I have NO room in my freezer!)
To cook the Pasta, add it to a pan of boiling Salted Water for 4 minutes.
Before I dried the Pasta out I separated it into portion-sized piles which would make it easier for working out how much Pasta I would need to cook per person. (1 each . . . and 1 for luck!)