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28 Oct 2012

Expert tips for busy parents who want quick, delicious and wholesome meals

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October 28, 2012 Category: Food And Beverage Posted by:

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Increasingly hectic lives make at-home meal preparation more challenging than ever, but it’s still important. If you feel like your family life has never
been busier, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 58 percent of parents say their life is more hectic than a year ago, and having a long to-do
list can cut into their mealtime.

Jenny Rosenstrach is a working mother of two and the author of “Dinner: A Love Story.” Through her blog of the same name, she hears about mealtime barriers
from thousands of time-strapped parents a month. Now, Rosenstrach has partnered with Barilla to offer tips on how to put a quick, home-cooked and
crowd-pleasing dinner on the table, even on the busiest of nights.

Make a plan, stock your pantry

A fully stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you have plenty of options come meal time. In fact, 59 percent of people say having ingredients on-hand is
the most important. Make a list of essential ingredients – box of pasta, jar of pasta sauce, extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables and a good hunk of
real Parmigiano-Reggiano – then hit the store. There’s no better strategy for making dinner happen than to be armed with everything you need.

Please everyone at the table

It’s important not to get discouraged if you have a picky eater. Rosenstrach suggests bringing the kids grocery shopping and letting them help select
things for dinner. “They’ll be more invested when it’s time to sit down and eat,” she says. Also, as often as possible, she tries to expose her daughters
to something new – calling this “flexing their adventure muscles.”

A delicious home-cooked meal is a spaghetti strand away

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There is no such thing as too many pasta shapes when you have kids. From ziti to farfalle (or bowties) to shells, ditalini, rigatoni and penne, the pasta
possibilities are endless. Have some fun and let your kids choose a different shape each week. It’s a task her 9-year-old takes very seriously.

Be a multitasking master

When making pasta add your fresh or frozen vegetables during the last few minutes the pasta is boiling and there you have it, one less pot to clean. While
cleaning up, always make sure the leftovers go right into the lunchbox. That way, one more thing on the to-do list is taken care of and you don’t have to
think about it in the morning.

Here is a wholesome, delicious dish that is perfect for multi-taskers with only 10 minutes of prep time and nine minutes to cook. Visit
www.Barilla.com/modernfamilycookbook to download your free copy of the cookbook filled with extra recipes and tips from Jenny, and view the results from
the survey.

Barilla Lemon Spaghetti

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 pound Barilla Spaghetti

2 fresh lemons

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

Preparation:


Grate lemon peels and place lemon zest in a small bowl. Juice the lemons into a separate small bowl. Whisk the oil, lemon juice, cheese, salt and
pepper in a large bowl and blend. Set the lemon sauce aside.


Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally until tender but still firm to the bite,
about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the
pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and
serve.

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