Put your leftover pasta to good use and make Spaghetti Cupcakes. The kids will love the presentation of pasta twisted into the shape of a cupcake so much that they’ll gobble it right up! And that means less food waste. (It’s yummy AND environmentally friendly!) Whole-grain spaghetti contains fiber to support digestive health, manganese for bone formation and reducing inflammation, as well as selenium for a rich source of antioxidants. Basil, a leafy green vegetable related to the mint family, and parsley, a Mediterranean flowering plant, both contain vitamin K for bone and heart health. Farmer Cheese is a gut-healthy soft #cheese that may support a balanced microbiome and strong immune system with its 12 live and active probiotic cultures and 13 grams of protein per serving. They’re savory, gut-healthy treats that are super fun to eat.
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Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.Servings: 5-6
- 1 box of spaghetti
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- fresh basil leaves for garnish
- 1/2 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- dried parsley for garnish
- parmesan cheese for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl pour in marinara sauce and set aside.
- Cook your spaghetti till al dente in a pot of boiling water, oil, and salt. Add them into a pot of salted boiling water and cook for about 10 min for al dente. Drain the spaghetti and add to the bowl of marinara sauce. Sprinkle in garlic powder and toss everything together.
- Form small cupcakes by rolling a little amount of spaghetti with a fork, slowly twisting the pasta, and placing the pasta "nest" into a greased muffin pan. In the center of the pasta "nest" spoon in farmer cheese.
- Bake for 5-7 mins in a preheated oven to 400F. Sprinkle with dried parsley flakes, pepper, salt, and basil leaves. Enjoy!