Orzo with Creamy Tomato Spinach Sauce

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Relying on jarred marinara sauce as the base of this recipe makes it a cinch, but it sneaks in extra nutrition for your little ones!


  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 2/3 cup uncooked orzo
  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan and heat until warm.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Stir the orzo into the sauce, and let cool slightly before serving.

Orzo with Spinach Sauce

Books for the Car

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I thought it was worthwhile to do a post about books that keep Veronika entertained in the car, as she hits fourteen months old. I’ve found that while she won’t spend much time with books at home, she’ll flip through these solo in her car seat, often for quite some time! Here are a few varieties that really do the trick.

First up: cloth books. She has one I love that features a different number on each page, and items to manipulate in different ways (four slices of pizza, six fish, etc.). Another favorite tells the (much abbreviated) tale of Peter Rabbit, with bunnies to slide and flaps to lift, all in soft cloth. These are great for the car because they double as sensory material in addition to the visuals.

Next up: bathtub books are surprisingly great in the car since the texture is novel and the pages beg to be turned.

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We love to giggle over The Pigeon Needs a Bath, even if she doesn’t “get” the story yet.

Finally, musical books. Although I’m not a fan of them in the house, books that make a lot of noise can be just the ticket for car entertainment. We love V-Tech’s Musical Rhymes Book that sings the words on each page, plus features buttons with instruments or colors.

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What does your toddler love in the car? Please share in the comments! Note: All photos were taken outside of the car for safety’s sake, of course.

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