Monday, August 12, 2013

Rainbow Spaghetti

Looking for something fun for the kids to eat that's easy, quick, and feeds numerous hungry mouths??? Then look no further than rainbow spaghetti! Here's how to make this easy peasy lunch:

Cook spaghetti noodles according to package. Once noodles are cooked and cooled, put them in bowls of water, dyed with food coloring. Let noodles sit in dyed water for a minimum 45 minutes. The longest I have left the noodles sit in the water was almost 2 hours. Yep, I totally forgot about them. The noodles were very bright in color that time, but got pretty mushy. That didn't bother the kids though! Rainbow spaghetti comes in very handy on those days when I have 9+ kids and I usually have enough for leftovers for dinner or a side dish for the next day's lunch. I saw this on Pinterest months ago and have made this numerous times since then. When I first saw this I thought it would be time consuming, but it's very simple and the kids LOVE having their pasta different colors!

The kid's lunch: rainbow spaghetti, whole wheat bread, peas, and cantalope
Their favorite things about rainbow spaghetti: stringing it into their mouths while hanging their heads backwards! There has yet to be a choking issue, but I warn every time.

*Tip: I like to use whole grain spaghetti for the kids, as it's healthier than regular pasta. However, the whole grain pasta take a bit longer for the color to stick to in the water. When using whole grain pastas, I suggest doing it for the 2 hours. It shouldn't be too mushy either, as whole grain pasta is a tad tougher than regular pasta anyways.