Sometimes when I'm trying to come up with new recipe ideas, I try to think of two foods I know my kids love and then build a dish around it. I've discovered that if I make meals that take the form of a muffin, cake, cookie or pie, my guys are instantly intrigued. I've had great results with Sweet Beet Cookies, Breakfast Cupcakes and Veggie Pancakes, but I really thought I hit the jackpot when I came up with Spaghetti Pie. When I told Kenya I was making him a Spaghetti Pie for dinner, he actually started giggling, "what's Spaghetti Pie, Mommy?!" "Well, it's....Spaghetti Pie!" I realized that's all I had to say -- no explanation, description or convincing needed. The only downer is that I had planned on having leftovers, but there were none to be had. Bye bye Spaghetti Pie!
Accompaniments: Weelicious Tomato Sauce: http://weelicious.com/2009/10/06/weelicious-tomato-sauce/