Daniel Tiger’s Veggie Spaghetti
In Autism therapy, we use a lot of what’s called social stories. Going to the doctor? Let’s read books, tell stories, and watch shows that feature going to the doctor. Learning about potty training? Having a babysitter over? Learning to share toys? Same story.
It’s a great strategy for almost all children, whether they’re typical or have special needs. It’s simply a great way to get a conversation going, bring up a topic, and help it be familiar enough to reduce stress and anxiety. Sophie’s a very visual learner, so shows tend to work really well for her. A lot of preschooler shows these days are actually set up to act this way. Our favorite is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS. We don’t have tv, so we watch episodes online through Amazon Prime, and it’s been a great way to decrease her anxiety when we try something new or need to practice a skill. As far as kids shows go, this one’s not super annoying and has these cute little songs you can use with your kids for reminders. One of our favorites is “You gotta try new food, ’cause it might taste good”
Well, friends, when it comes to feeding tiny humans, sometimes marketing is everything. Daniel Tiger’s eating Veggie Spaghetti (spaghetti with vegetable sauce) and Banana Swirl (frozen banana smoothie) for dessert? Done. We do too!
I’ve made this a few weeks in a row, which doesn’t happen that often. Sophie requests “beggie sketti” regularly, and (even though she won’t eat the sauce most of the time), we’re working on trying things over and over again.
Sophie loves stirring vegetables in a large bowl. I chop everything up, let her scoop it from the cutting board into a big bowl and mix it to her heart’s content. While she’s busy mixing away, I get a little brown rice pasta cooking, and heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan. The sauce takes just a few minutes to pull together and she feels like the luckiest, coolest person ever eating Veggie Spaghetti JUST like Daniel Tiger… even if she ended up picking out all her vegetables. Again, the idea is exposure, exposure, exposure.We keep trying new foods, and eventually, we’ll get there.
Oh, and if you don’t have little eaters at your house, this is still a great meal for grown ups too. I like scooping a bowl of sauce and putting a poached or fried egg on top. It’s simple, but flavorful, and the crisp-tender veggies are a great addition. You can also try cooking up some chicken sausage on the side to spice things up.Print
Daniel Tiger’s Veggie Spaghetti
- Yield: 5 1x
Don’t be afraid of the maple syrup. You might not need it if your tomatoes aren’t too acidic. Pure maple syrup won’t add a strong maple flavor. It’s just a little sweetness to balance out the acidity and only if you need it.
For the sauce:
- 3/4c diced carrots
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 (8oz) tomato sauce
- 1 (14.5oz) petite diced tomatoes
- 1/2c water
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1–2 tsp pure maple syrup (if you need it)
- olive oil
- Optional: 2-4 Fresh basil leaves, minced
- In a medium saute pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots and bell pepper. Saute vegetables on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onion powder, and garlic powder. Taste and add salt, pepper, or maple syrup as desired. Simmer sauce together 5-10 minutes over low heat. Stir in basil, if desired.
- Serve over pasta (12oz) or with poached eggs and toast dippers.
Well this sounds yummy And looks great on Milo!
You’re the best!
Pinned! I’m right there with you. Those dang songs get stuck in my head though! Can’t wait to try this 🙂
I have a request for Daniel Tiger’s Turkey Stew. No idea what goes in it. Any help will be appreciated by this grandma. Thank you.
This was yummy all around! Thanks! We’ve already passed the recipe to other Daniel Tiger fans.
YAY! So glad it was a hit! 🙂