I have a picky eater in my household, my middle daughter. I love her to pieces but she is not adventurous with her eating, but this chicken pasta bake is her absolute favorite. An added bonus is that everybody in our family enjoys it and it is loaded with vegetables!
Chicken Pasta Bake With Spinach and Cauliflower
This Chicken Pasta Bake is a mixed vegetable meal. By this I mean it does have some hidden veggies but also some loud and proud veggies too! I am not adverse to sneaking some veggies into my kids diet as long as there are some loud and proud veggies served too. By loud and proud I mean veggies that are instantly recognizable as vegetables.
For my middle daughter texture is quite a big thing, so she merrily eats this family-friendly chicken pasta bake with spinach even though it is clearly green! But she does steer clear of the overt spinach leaves I also add, but that is ok by me.
Chicken Pasta Bake With Hidden Vegetables
Cauliflower is the completely hidden vegetable, it is puréed and added to the white sauce, spinach is a mixed vegetable. It is in disguise a little puréed into the source but there are also some whole leaves floating around too!
If you are looking to try some hidden veggie recipes for your family, I have a section for this type of recipe on my site Hidden Vegetable Recipes but some of my tried and true recipes would be my ultimate hidden vegetable lasagne or my healthy macaroni cheese.
I like to make the roux/white sauce for this chicken pasta bake with a 50:50 mix of milk and stock, I just find it increases the flavour factor and makes the dish a little lighter, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.
Nutrition Information Yield 8 Serving Size 1.5 Cups
Amount Per Serving Calories 347 Total Fat 13.3g Saturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 61.3mg Sodium 320mg Carbohydrates 34.2g Fiber 2.6g Sugar 3.5g Protein 22.6g