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Family Food Club Online 27th April 2020

Today we tried out a really easy pasta salad, the children really enjoyed making it and eating it too!

Really Easy Pasta Salad for Kids

This recipe is really flexible so you can adapted to whatever you can find in your kitchen, you don't even need to have pasta!

When you're preparing a meal children can do the following:

  • Pouring

  • Measuring with spoons, cups, scales

  • Stirring
  • Chopping
  • Shaking
  • Putting ingredients into bowls

  • Tasting the ingredients - children love trying out all the flavours while they cook, it's a good way of getting them to try new things in a relaxed/fun way

Pasta Salad Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 400g cooked pasta

Swap: any kind of bread, crackers, rice

  • 2 cups of vegetables, approximately, this can be: sweetcorn, peppers, tomatoes, peas, cucumber, broccoli ANYTHING you like that is fresh, frozen or tinned!

  • 1 or 2 tins tuna

Swap: cheese, boiled egg, other tinned fish, cooked chicken, ham

Dressing

Option 1:

  • 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (or oregano)
  • 1/4 teaspoon French mustard

OR

  • 2 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

OR

A combination of any of the above ingredients plus: lemon, vinegar, pesto, salt, pepper, experiment with what you have in your cupboards!

Method:

Step 1

  • Cook Pasta in boiling water, drain, allow to cool

If you don’t have pasta that’s fine, you can accompany all of the other ingredients with bread, crackers or rice

Step 2

  • Prepare all of the vegetables that you will use, so chop, grate, cook... they should all be in small pieces and then add to the large bowl

We:

  • Drained the sweetcorn
  • Cooked  frozen peas in boiling water (it’s easy to add any frozen vegetables to the water you're cooking the pasta in so you don’t have to use two pans)
  • Chopped the peppers into small cubes
  • Drained the tuna
  • We added it all to the big bowl

Step 3

  • Prepare the dressing in a small bowl or in a jar so you can mix it all together

Step 4

  • Combine all the ingredients and add dressing and enjoy!

Watch the video for the recipe here:

This recipe is based on:

https://www.myfussyeater.com/easy-pasta-salad-for-kids/

This website has loads of fantastic easy recipes to make at home, so give it a go!

Also, this is a great pasta salad recipe to check out:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lunchbox-pasta-salad

Leftovers

Now is a good time to make sure we don’t waste any of our food, but sometimes it’s not easy to know what to do with what we find. There are some very helpful hints on what to do with your leftovers and bits and pieces in the kitchen on the Cooking on a Bootstrap blog, check it out here:

https://cookingonabootstrap.com/2016/02/08/what-to-do-with-leftovers/

Feedback

Please let us know what you would like to see included in our weekly food related content, what kinds of recipes? Ingredients? Tips? We'd love to hear! You can contact me, Layla, at Layla.meerloo@citizensuk.org or on 07376014330


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