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X is for Xtremely Messy Spaghetti | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Kids | Toddler Dinner

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two toddlers!

Today we're cooking Xtremely Messy Spaghetti for X is for Xtremely Messy Meal.

As always, we're taking the shortcut route with pre-made pasta sauce and frozen meatball, but of course you can always make yours from scratch!

What you need:

  1. Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti noodles

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Parmesan

Two toddlers juicing fruit.
My 3-year-old tasting a dry noodle!

Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing pots and pans

  • Grabbing ingredients

  • Filling pot with water

Then the fun part comes:

  • I wanted the kids to interact with the pasta noodles, so we practiced breaking them in half...even though that resulted in noodle shards all over the kitchen

  • They then poured the pasta sauce into a pot

  • Once the noodles and sauce were good to go, the girls plated their lunch and sprinkled (dumped) parmesan on top

Let's be honest, this one was less about the cooking, and more about making a giant spaghetti mess for the pictures! I think we succeeded!

Remember to take photos of your little chef pouring, dumping, and making a mess!

Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the X page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!

What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!

Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record, for example, "Let's be honest, this one was less about the cooking, and more about making a giant spaghetti mess for the pictures!"

Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:

I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for X is for Xtremely Messy Meal! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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