Fast and Cheesy Noodles

Fast and Cheesy Noodles
Short on time? Kids are hungry and they want to eat NOW? That is when many parents will grab for a big can of spaghetti. I don't know too many kids who don't like that squishy canned pasta, swimming in tomato sauce. It is also swimming in sodium, (600mg per cup of Spaghettios brand) corn syrup, and "flavourings."

This dish is not innocent, but is a better alternative to the o's and our kids really like it. (If I could buy ramen noodles locally without the silly foil packets of MSG I would. ) It has the has the goodness of tomatoes, olive oil replaces the mystery vegetable oils, and it contains about 250mg of sodium per serving. All in less time than it takes to cook up a box of macaroni dinner.

2 cakes of ramen noodles (without the foil flavouring packet)
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp minced garlic (from jar)
1 can unsalted, chopped tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup dried  parmesan cheese

Boil water in a tea kettle or in the microwave. Open the cakes of ramen and discard the foil  "flavour packets."  Pour boiling water over the ramen cakes.

Meanwhile, add heat olive oil in a pan. Add the garlic and tomatoes, stirring with tongs.

As soon as the noodles are soft,  pick them of the water with tongs and toss with the tomato and oil mixture. Mix in the cheese.

Serve. Relax.

[note: we all know that whole grain pasta is better than an instant noodle. This recipe is about a fast compromise. It is delicious and more nutritious made with whole grain pasta, but not nearly as quick or squishy.]

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