Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rainbow noodles

I am always interested in trying out new meals for the kids. With two toddlers and two teens it isn’t always easy to find something everyone will enjoy. The little ones eat just about anything, which is a blessing in its own, but the older two are rather picky when it comes to what goes in their tummies. For the most part the older ones don’t eat any veggies at all. Actually, the oldest only eats broccoli and the second oldest, well let’s just say he would rather drink a gallon of spoiled milk, upside down in the rain than have any sort of fruit or veggie cross his path.
Lately my favorite companion in the kitchen has been food coloring. A drop in the mashed potatoes or in the pancake mix can do wonders on whether or not I can get all four kids to eat.  The little ones don’t get bored and it makes dinner time exciting for everyone.
A few weeks ago I was scouring Pinterest and came across something so simple I couldn’t even fathom how I didn’t think of it first.
Rainbow noodles.
Not like spinach and tomato juice dyed noodles, literally rainbow noodles.
And it is so simple! All you have to do is add a few drops of food coloring to the water before it starts boiling. For a large pot I did 10 drops of blue in one pot and 10 drops of red in a separate pot. I would have had two more pots going as well but my mom was occupying them with her homemade mozzarella at the time.
While the noodles were boiling I tossed some frozen chicken tenders, lightly salted, into a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes. They cooked up nice and golden making a great contrast against the colorful noodles. For the little ones and the adults I also added green peas, then everything was topped with my Mom’s mozzarella.

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