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Ladybug Pasta Salad and other noodle dishes for kids {Noodlemania}

Who needs a few new dishes to serve their picky kids?  All of you?  I thought so.  Fresh off the press is Noodlemania!, a collection of 50 playful pasta dishes your kids will rave about.

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It is super trendy these days to create healthy, kid-friendly dishes but most are so complicated!  My husband and I are foodies and love to create awesome dishes for our kids but no one has that time every day.  If two things don’t go together, it’s kids and time-consuming meal plans on busy week days.  What can you do for your picky kids when you have little time?  Try a simple recipe from Noodlemania.

Noodlemania by Melissa Barlow is filled with recipes using pasta and veggies to create fun dishes for kids.  They are all limited to just a handful of ingredients and require no excessive prep or time.  The simple ingredients used in whimsical ways makes it easy for parents to let the kids help with the meals.  Your kids will love to create these super fun dishes, and also love to chomp them down.  What kid doesn’t like pasta?

Ladybug Pasta Salad for kids

I’m sharing a couple recipes from Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes, one today and another later on in the week.  They are just that great — so perfect for a quick whip up for mid-week meals.  The first one my daughter (6) wanted to create was the Little Ladybug Pasta featuring mini penne and tomato ladybugs.  It was no surprise to me as her favorite color is red and she is obsessed with finding ladybugs!  It also turned out to be delish.

ladybug pasta salad husvar_photo in_the_know_mom

Little Ladybug Pasta Salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mini penne
  • 8oz cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 jar sliced black olives, drained
  • 3/4 cups mini pepperoni
  • 3/4 cups italian dressing

Directions

Step 1
Cook pasta according to the package direction, drain and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator.
Step 2
Wash tomatoes and cut lengthwise.
Step 3
In a large bowl, combine pasta and tomatoes. Add drained olives and mini pepperoni. Toss with dressing and cool in refrigerator.
Step 4
Create your ladybugs for garnish by placing cut tomatoes on top of individual salad portions. Place an olive end on the tomato. Set 2-4 bits of olive on the tomato to give the ladybug spots. Serve.

Ladybug Pasta Salad recipe husvar_photo in_the_know_mom

Noodlemania is choc full of hot and cold pasta dishes your family will love.  Inside you will find recipes, photos, tips and facts, which you can share with your kids as you create dinner together.  Take a deep breath and let your kids play with their food!

Purchase Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes on Amazon and get crafty with you kids.

Product was provided by Quirk to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.  May contain affiliate links.

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8 Comments

  1. May 18, 2013 at 10:17 am — Reply

    That is so stinkin’ cute!! Love that you made ladybugs out of olives and tomatoes! I know my nieces and nephews would love this!

  2. May 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    The ladybug salad is almost too cute to want to eat. I love the idea of making these appealing to kids to try as they often like the healthy stuff after taking a few bites.

  3. May 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    What a great way to get the kids to eat some healthy foods! Thanks!! Love it :-) Im a huge fan of olives-so mom would be eating this too!

  4. May 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    How cute is that? Looks delicious too!

  5. May 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this!

  6. May 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm — Reply

    What a super cute and yummy idea! Bookmarking now.
    Kas

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  8. October 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm — Reply

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