Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Macaroni, Macaroni in a Cup

Why is there so much discussion about Princess Tianna's skin color ? Do kids even care about such things in an animated character ? If so wouldn't they break their head about how Arthur looks and what a garish purple Barney is ?

I have little patience with Disney princesses though I think Snow White is cute and has a pretty hair do.

All I want to tell those girls, the princesses I mean, is

"Whatever your skin color, body weight and height might be, can you develop a new purpose in life other than kissing a prince, or kissing anyone for that matter ? Can you do something else like maybe saving the planet or jumping around roofs a la Spiderman ? If you think all that is too hard, that is fine, let your hair down and lead a normal princess life, help Dad rule the kingdom, go study, do whatever but do not spend all your time kissing and dancing and waiting for that god damn prince."

For a long time S loved macaroni and cheese. She wouldn't eat the authentic macaroni & cheese and so would never eat it outside home. The way she liked it was very very simple. Just cook elbow macaroni according to package directions --> put drained macaroni in a microwave safe bowl --> add enough cheese + little milk --> microwave till cheese melts --> DONE.

Gradually she moved on but still liked pasta. Pasta tossed in a little garlicky olive oil with some veggies were a favorite. Then her love was the penne in a sun-dried tomato sauce. Elbows were however no longer sought as much.

After a long time I brought home a box of elbow macaroni last week. Main intention was to introduce A to macaroni. I also got a can of organic red kidney beans. Why not combine the two I thought and so it was Macaroni with red kidney beans. S wasn't too excited to see it, but at the end she loved it enough to take for a school lunch.

I particularly thought this made a very wholesome meal with the carb, the protein, the fiber all coming together in one simple, hassle free dish.

With the remaining Pasta, I made mini Pasta Cups as done by Soma@ecurry. Mine didn't look half as cute as hers but I thought they make real cute finger foods for little ones, perfect for the 3-4 year old. Its another thing that grownups in my home loved it too. See I knew you could never guess.


Macaroni with Kidney Beans

Boil elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain the starch in cold water and toss in olive oil

Heat some butter or olive oil in a frying pan

Add finely chopped onion and fry til onion is soft. Add finely sliced carrots or as I did S's favorite, french cut beans.

Add some canned red kidney beans(rinsed in running water) and saute for a couple of minutes

Add tomato puree or tomato ketchup and kind of mash up the kidney beans

Add the macaroni and combine

Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle a little nutmeg powder and mix well

Now sprinkle fair amount of shredded cheese on top. Put in the microwave for about 15 secs or so to melt the cheese

Serve immediately. If packing for school lunch do not melt cheese, instead use grated cheese.

Mini Pasta Cups

To make the mini Pasta Cups, combine some of the above pasta with flour and mix.

Grease lightly muffin pans or silicone cups

Spoon the pasta into the cups and put some shredded cheese on top

Bake at 375 F for 10 mins or so till cheese melts

Eat warm


  1. Exactly! I heard a discussion about the color on NPR. I am not fond of princesses whose main job is to wait around but apparently this one had a backup plan.

  2. LOL ... My daughters can't think of princesses being spiderman ;-) just kidding.. agree with you.

    Glad you liked it, I like the kidney beans in it & the microwave version. My kids don't eat this anymore.

  3. Disney targeted the new white house kids :)
    Kidney beans and mac look like a great lunch box idea.

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  5. Dear Sandeepa
    Great opening subject and paras as usual..Pasta khaoa chalu korbo abar..
    AJ kal AMi recipe PoDi ar na PoDi, tomar protyek lekaha-r non-cooking portion gulo Podchhi..wonderful...
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  6. Innovative and cute recipe! Very appealing to kids.

  7. looks cute...surely kids will like it

  8. Lovely cups and cute idea. Not used to pasta but the idea is really cute!

  9. Even the child in me would love the mac bake.

  10. I agree with you so much.:) Whats with the color of Princess. If they can change the color of the doll/cartoons' according to culture...why can't they change their attitude as well...'like as you said 'saving the planet/ eradicating poverty' instead of waiting for a kiss!!!

    Cup Mac' sounds delicious.

  11. I had a long discussion lined up but I'm too sleepy to sound logical. I guess kids will discount a lot of things in an animated character, but may not do so with real-life ones - my friend tells me her kids are called 'kaala' in school, and this used to happen to my classmate too. I've also seen a lot of movies where a character, male or female, who's obese/dark/both is either a comedian or a villain - that raises a lot of laughs, and I am sure those will help form and perpetuate stereotypes about real people too.

  12. LOL about the princess..
    Loved the idea of pasta in mini cups. I had seen this at Soma's but forgot about it. Thanks for reminding though Sandeepa. I plan to try this during the weekend. Loved the addition of kidney beans.

    One question though:

    Do those pasta cups stay good when packed for lunch? Do they become hard?

  13. RC
    To be honest I made only 3 of those 'coz I was not sure, and then we ate up all 3 while warm :)

    Since there is so much of melted cheese I am not sure if it will taste good when cold.


  14. Disney stuff is the most irritating ever anyways,,

  15. =)) I love your Disney princess comment! And that macaroni really looks great!

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