What to send for Tuesday’s lunch. . .

Last night was a little hectic, so I made my kids a quick pasta dish with roasted vegetables for dinner, and I made extra pasta so I could use it for their lunch today.  I made organic, 100% whole grain pasta (from Trader Joe’s), but you could also use organic brown rice or quinoa pasta for a gluten-free option.

To put together a pasta salad that would be good cold, I added:

  • Sliced carrots
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Diced red bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced black olives
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Little olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Use any vegetables your kids like or whatever you have on hand!  You could also mix up the proteins.  I didn’t add much to dress the pasta salad as my kids aren’t picky, and a simple lemon and oil dressing works for them.  You can use a small amount of dressing or pesto that your kids like.  Sky’s the limit with pasta and grain salads. . .

I packed a few raspberries to go along with the pasta salad.

Whole Grain Pasta Salad

Doesn’t this look huge?  After I added all the veggies to the containers and mixed it up, I realized how big it looked.  Really, it’s mostly vegetables with a half-cup or so of pasta and a handful of garbanzo beans.

Snack today was applesauce.  My kids never get sick of these.  I like that they come in various flavors so I feel like I’m at least switching it up a little bit!

Banana Applesauce