The Lunch Idea:
We had taco penne pasta for dinner last night. This is a super easy dinner idea, if you're looking for something new. Just cook pasta, and top it with whatever you would put on a taco: cheese, meat, sour cream, salsa, etc. The kids love it!
I always cook extra pasta. It keeps well in the fridge and it freezes great. It makes for a very quick and easy lunch or dinner. For this lunch I just dumped in some cold pasta, and added a little protein and fruit. And yes, they will eat it cold (or room temp).
What's in the Lunch:
- Cooked, cold, penne pasta. This is the Barilla Plus brand - it has protein in it in the form of lentil and bean flours. So even if they just eat plain pasta, I feel a little better knowing they got a little protein.
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Two have ham
- Grapes & strawberries
- Banana bread
Questions and tips:
- Yes, my kids eat this cold.
- I always cook extra pasta and freeze it. Just coat with a little butter or oil and spread out on a baking sheet. When frozen, bag it up. You can reheat it in a minute in the microwave, or just run under hot water. A little pre-cooked pasta, a few chunks of ham, a few peas and a dash of parmesan cheese - and you have dinner on the table in less than 5 minutes.