Monday, July 18, 2011

Fun in the Summer Fun: Kid Friendly Recipes

Welcome to our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here's the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities"
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer crafts"
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer receipes"
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat"

I love love love pasta salad.  Now Jeff and I have differing ideas of what makes a good pasta salad.  He’s more of a ranch creamy salad, and I’m more of an italian salad lover.
So we compromise.  I devise a pasta salad bar when we have this for dinner, and everyone gets to design their own.

Pasta: cook one or several of these:  bowtie, twist, or spaghetti.  I like the tricolor because it adds in some vegetable servings

Meat: chicken, fajita meat (yum!), hamburger meat, taco meat, sausage

Cheese: parmesan (the grated kind is best to my mind), colby jack (my kids’ choice), feta cheese (mine), cheddar, not as common but yummy: manchego (LOVE that stuff)

Other things: sunflower seeds, croutons (if you can find the smaller ones, that’s even better), raisins, ramen noodles lightly sauteed in butter, or just uncooked ramen noodles

Sauce (our favorites): Italian, Caesar, Miso dressing, Ranch

I usually give each person a bowl and let them go down the line adding in what they want.  If I’m preparing it for a picnic I make two versions, a bigger version with Ranch dressing for Jeff and the kids, and a smaller version for me with Italian dressing.  I figure if I’m the one wanting different stuff I’m willing to do that.

It’s always devoured, and it makes for great travel food.

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