Rainbow Pasta Salad

Colorful dishes are so much more appetizing. Don’t you think so?  I’m hoping your kids share the same thoughts. If you’re shaking your head saying my kids won’t ever eat a bell pepper, you won’t ever know until you try. It’s all about exposure, continuous exposure. Both my boys including yours truly despise raw tomatoes. I can eat it cooked, in sauce or any other way but ask me to eat it on a burger or a salad, and I’ll turn away. My oldest after 4 years of offering, finally loves them! So my blanket statement is keep trying. Yes, it’s frustrating but worth it in my opinion. This Rainbow Pasta Salad may get picked from, but the combination of flavors is so good.

Sometimes combining colorful foods and calling it something fun like rainbow pasta for instance, makes it more appetizing. This rainbow pasta salad recipe is fresh and flavorful. Best of all it’s super easy.You can place a piece of pasta and a small bell pepper on a fork and give your child the fork.

If your kids don’t like it, I’m sure the adults will.

This is also perfect for summer barbecues especially potlucks. I’m always scrambling to come up with something easy that holds up the night before. I always bring the same thing, and though everyone loves my other pasta salads or desserts, something new is always nice. It feeds man and is relatively inexpensive.

All you pretty much have to do is a little prep work and cook pasta.

 

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz bag tri-colored pasta, cooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup red onions, diced
  • 1 4 oz can sliced black olives
  • 1 cup cubed pepperonis or ham
  • ½ bottle Italian dressing
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta per box instructions
  2. Pour cooked pasta in a large bowl. Add in diced peppers, red onions, olives, and pepperonis.
  3. Pour in Italian dressing. Top with cheese. (Feel free to cut cheese cubes into a star shape for some fun!)
  4. Cover and let chill in refrigerator to let flavor develop for best results. Serve cold.
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/07/rainbow-pasta-salad/

Looking for more pasta dishes? Try my Asian Inspired Bow Tie Pasta, still my favorite to this day!

One Pot Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Do you own an Instant Pot yet? It’s the ultimate mom life saver. I use it weekly to cook spaghetti in 8 minutes, tender beef stew in half the time and these one pot instant pot chicken teriyaki rice bowls. If you don’t know what it is, it’s an all in one pressure cooker that doubles as a rice cooker steamer even a cheesecake maker!  My youngest is extremely clingy these days (no he hasn’t changed).  Frankly he won’t let me cook these days so any type of one pot meal that doesn’t need babysitting is perfect for our family right now. If you’re still reading though, you probably own one so I’ll spare you the praise. This is NOT a sponsored post, but as you may already know I love sharing tips to make your life easier.

 

So lets talk teriyaki chicken. I think it’s pretty much up there with the chicken nuggets category. I get dozens and dozens of messages from moms saying, ” my child only eats teriyaki chicken or nuggets.”  That said, It starts to get pricey if you buy take out everyday. So here’s a fast easy fix.  You can choose whichever teriyaki sauce your child prefers  or which ever one suits your nutritional needs. Some are higher in sugar than others with more additives, so feel free to choose what you like.

 

15 Minutes and you have dinner on the table!

Another tip to include more veggies into this dish is to add steamed cauliflower into the rice once already cooked. I love the frozen kinds that you steam in the microwave. Just adding a tablespoon into a rice serving gives a boost in nutrition. Without further ado, here’s how to make this super easy dinner!

First you want to pour oil, water, bouillon, and salt into the Instant Pot Bowl. Press the “saute” button and cook until the bouillon cube dissolves (about 5 minutes) Push “cancel.”

You’ll then want to add in the rice and stir until covered by water. Gently place chicken tenderloins on top of the rice.

You’ll then pour your teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger on top of the chicken. Lock the lid and seal the valve. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Yes, just 4 minutes. Let it natural release for  8 minutes.

Release the valve to venting, open and place broccoli in the pot. Lock lid and seal valve again, for another 5 minutes. By the way you don’t add the broccoli until now so it won’t get soggy. Trust me I’ve tried to save time, but failed!

Release and open lid. Remove chicken and cut into cubes or strips. Mix it back into the rice and combine. Dish in bowls and top with sesame seeds and additional teriyaki sauce if desired. Serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!

recipe

One Pot Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white Jasmine rice
  • 8 frozen chicken tenderloins (Kirkland brand from Costco are most moist)
  • 2 cups teriyaki sauce
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Pour oil, water, bouillon, and salt in Instant Pot bowl. Press “Saute” button and cook until cube dissolves, about 5 minutes. Push “Cancel.”
  2. Add in rice and stir until covered by water. Gently place chicken tenderloins on top of rice.
  3. Pour teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger on top of chicken. Lock lid and seal valve. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Let it natural release for 8 minutes.
  4. Release the valve to venting, open and place broccoli in the pot. Lock lid and seal valve again, for another 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Release and open lid. Remove chicken and cut into cubes or strips. Mix it back into the rice and combine. Dish in bowls and top with sesame seeds and additional teriyaki sauce if desired. Serve immediately while warm.
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/07/one-pot-instant-pot-chicken-teriyaki-rice-bowls/

If you’re still reading and  haven’t an instant pot yet, it might a good idea to add it on your wish list! On a side random note, I have a deals page where I post deals including instant pot sales when prices drop.

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Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

I just love easy peasy recipes. And this one takes the cake! For hot summer days,  it’s easy to grab super sugary ice pops or ice cream from the store. Before you do that though, give this Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark a shot. By the way, I do give my kids an occasional treat, and we definitely have a drumstick here and there. But this one is guilt free! It’s packed with protein from Greek yogurt and nuts and tons of fruit.

Yogurt Bark

This recipe has such minimal steps I’m not sure I could fill up this blog post. It’s seriously that easy.

Do you have a favorite yogurt? If you do, then use it. We love so many varieties, so it’s not hard to choose, but I would suggest a flavored one. You can also choose plain greek and just add some honey. We always use ones with flavors already in it, because it’s just one less ingredient to buy and add. You’ll then want to buy the toppings. Cherries go so well with peaches and pistachios that I made this yogurt bark this flavor.

You’ll then need to prepare a baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Pour the greek yogurt then add toppings. Freeze for at least 3 hours, and it’s ready to be eaten!

So good and so simple.

recipe

Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt With Honey (or flavor of choice)
  • Peaches, sliced
  • Cherries, pitted and halved
  • Pistachios, peeled

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Evenly spread the greek yogurt
  3. Add toppings as desired.
  4. If you like the fruit and nuts incorporated, you can mix it in a bowl and then spread it on the parchment paper
  5. Freeze a minimum of 3 hours
  6. Enjoy immediately
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/07/cherry-peach-yogurt-bark/

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