Jun 22, 2020

Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

5 easy and tasty pasta salad ideas for your next summer cook-out.

Almost everyone, even kids, like cold pasta salad. I mean, just about everyone loves pasta, and salads are like a summer essential. So who wouldn't love pasta and salad mixed together?  Okay, picky kids might actually just pick at pasta salad, but I have them covered too with these fun healthy summer dinner recipes for kids.

Chances are, you have ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator right now that you can use to make a quick easy pasta salad. 

You can make a tasty simple pasta salad using pasta, veggies, and maybe some cheese and olives if you have them on hand. And dressing. Either a quick homemade Italian dressing or even a bottle of salad dressing will work fine.

That's really how to make pasta salad. Pasta and other yummy stuff you have around. And the salad dressing. Oil and vinegar can do just fine in a pinch.

What Kind of Pasta is Best to Use In Pasta Salad Recipes?

Just about any pasta works great in pasta salads. Short pasta like penne, rotini, and farfalle are my favorites because they seem to grab and hold the spices and salad dressing the best.

Do I Need To Rinse Pasta First Before Making Pasta Salad?

Definitely rinse pasta after cooking it if you are using it to make a cold pasta salad. Rinsing cooked pasta will help cool off the pasta, which keeps the pasta from sticking together when you make the salad. Plus, if the pasta is still warm when you start tossing it with vegetables, you will end up with warm mushy vegetables in your pasta salad. Cold pasta is best when making pasta salad.

What To Serve With Pasta Salad?

Almost anything goes with a cold pasta salad! Our favorite is grilled or baked salmon. But anything will taste delicious paired with pasta salad - hot dogs, grilled chicken, easy veggie burgers, and definitely garlic bread (yum!) 

A cool refreshing summer mocktail would also pair nicely with pasta salad - if you are looking for a non-alcohol drink option.

Simple Healthy and Easy Pasta Salad Recipes For Summer Cook Outs

Gluten-Free Italian Pasta Salad 

One of the best gluten-free pasta salad recipes ever, this easy side dish is made using gluten-free pasta, spicy pepperoni, cucumber, Roma tomatoes, and black olives. 

Drizzle or Drench the pasta salad ingredients with a zesty homemade gluten-free Italian salad dressing everyone will love!

Dinner Then Dessert

Simple Pasta Salad Recipe (Delicious and Classic)

Ah, what we all need this summer - a truly simple pasta salad that is easy to make and will fill a crowd of hungry guests. This creamy pasta salad is made using tri-color pasta, fresh veggies, spiral pasta, tomatoes, and black olives.

A yummy classic pasta salad recipe perfect for adding in ingredients that are family favorites, like chicken, peas, cheese, and salami. 

Or just enjoy the simpleness of this dish as is.

Gal on a Mission

Classic Italian Pasta Salad With Italian Dressing

My absolute favorite pasta salad ingredients are olives and cheese. Gotta have them. This easy pasta salad with Italian dressing recipe is full of flavor and plenty of favorite classic ingredients like black olives, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, salami, red onion, and tangy spices. 

The Recipe Critic

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad 

Rotisserie chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh avocado, and feta cheese are covered with a delicious quick homemade lemon-herb dressing in this savory summer lemon chicken pasta salad recipe

Just add some warm garlic bread or rolls, and this yummy healthy chicken pasta salad can easily be served as a main course.

 Mediterranean Pasta Salad With Homemade Lemon Dressing

If you try any new pasta salad recipe this summer, please oh please, try this Mediterranean pasta salad. I think you will love it!

It is made using yummy goodness like fresh arugula, tomatoes, English cucumber, avocado, and feta cheese. 

All these incredible pasta ingredients are gently mixed with an easy delicious homemade lemon dressing - everyone is going to ask you how you made the salad dressing, it is that good!   

Jun 17, 2020

5 Easy Playdough Recipes Without Salt To Make At Home

5 quick and easy homemade playdough recipes for toddlers.  Non-toxic, salt-free playdough little ones can safely play with for hours.

Making easy homemade playdough is always a fun thing to do when the kids are bored. It is cheap ( most playdough can be made with ingredients you already have at home) and easy to make your own playdough.

 And because chances are littler kids are going to eat some of that playdough while they play with it, you may feel better making edible no salt playdough. 

If you are wondering if you can even make playdough without salt, not to worry. There are recipes for easy edible dough made without cream of tartar, wheat, and are salt-free as well. And yep, we are talking about stretchy, squishy, cookie-cutter ready playdough kids will play with for hours!

 1.  Magic Playdough Salt-Free and Flour Free Recipe

This recipe is made without flour or salt and makes squishy dough kids are going to love. Add in some cinnamon and spice to this same easy salt-free dough recipe and make an incredible Apple Pie Playdough Recipe.

2. Simple Homemade Playdough Recipe

This fun natural homemade playdough can be made with or without salt. Either way, this dough recipe is going to provide lots of fun for kids of all ages.

3.  Salt-Free 2-Ingredient Playdough Without Cream of Tartar

This easy quick salt-free dough recipe made with self-rising flour and water is a perfect recipe to make for little ones at home. This recipe may not last as long as playdough with salt and cream of tartar but it is still loads of fun. 

Try wrapping the dough in saran wrap and keeping it in the refrigerator when the kids are not playing with it to help it last longer.

4. 3 Ingredient Edible Playdough (Salt-Free)

The best playdough recipe (well, one of the best anyways) is this amazing edible playdough without cream of tartar or salt! This 3-ingredient playdough no-cook recipe comes out super stretchy and kids will have fun playing with it for hours. 

5. All Natural Safe Edible Playdough (No-Bake, No Salt Dough, No Cream of Tartar Recipe)

Kids are going to have so much fun playing with this simple and edible no-cook playdough recipe. You make this squishy dough with baby rice cereal, unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil, and food coloring  (totally optional but makes the playdough bright and colorful.) 

May 16, 2020

Creative Ideas For Kids and Parents When Everyone is Bored

Coming up with fun indoor activities for kids when everyone is stuck at home gets kind of tough after a while. For kids and parents.

Anyhoo, here are some ideas for those days when everyone is bored and can't think of anything to do inside. 

P.S. While some of these ideas are indoor activities for bored kids, some ideas are just for stressed-out moms.

8 Things You Can Do When Everyone is BORED.

1. Make Your Own Dog Treats Recipes / Start a Homemade Dog Biscuit Business

Kids will love being in the kitchen and making their homemade dog treats for their furry besties while they stay at home together. This activity may even spark an entrepreneurial spirit in kids ( or you)  and they may want to brainstorm ideas on how to start a homemade doggie treat business. Here are some simple easy dog biscuit recipes to help you get started. 

2. Recycle Empty Tin Cans Into Awesome Fun Craft Ideas. (Get the Kids Involved In This Too!)

We have lots of cans of soups, chili, beans, and veggies in our pantry right now as we hunker down at home. And yea, while we are not going to save every last one, it does feel good to repurpose some of those empty cans. 

This is a fun indoor activity for the whole family. There are so many awesome ideas for tin can projects you can easily find, even fun toys made out of empty cans (with your help)

Here are some fun ways to reuse tin cans to help get those creative juices going. 

3. Make Your Own Homemade Facial Scrub (Because Moms Need Pampering)

Now more than ever moms need a little extra pampering.  If you can't get to the stores to buy your favorite face masks and scrubs, why not have fun making your own facial scrubs at home. You can find tons of recipes for homemade facial masks and scrubs, not mention other beauty recipes that use all-natural ingredients you may have in your kitchen right now. Here are some easy facial and body scrub recipes to help you get inspired. 

4. Get a Headstart on Father's Day With Sweet Easy Homemade Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

Making gifts for dad can be a fun way to keep kids busy and happy.  Get out all the craft stuff you can find, and crayons, markers, construction paper, etc. and spend an afternoon making diy Father's day cards and gifts. 

Need some extra cute ideas for homemade Father's Day gifts? Here are 5 easy Father's Day crafts for kids to make this Father's Day that dad is sure to treasure forever.  

5. Start a Weekly Family Skills Challenge

Get the whole family moving with fun indoor skill challenges. And it is easy to put your own spin on it. Come up with a fun new easy skill for everyone in the family to learn and practice throughout the week. At the end of every week, have a contest to see who mastered the new skill the best. 

If you need ideas, you can read my post about ideas for skill challenges and more fun indoor activities for kids to help keep them busy and happy while staying at home.

6. Try Some New Lego Building Ideas

Playing with Legos is clearly not a new idea. But because there are so many fun creative Lego building ideas for kids,  it might be fun to check out some awesome Legos ideas the kids might like to try their hand at building.

7.  Destress Your Hair With a Soothing Homemade Hair Mask

Wistfully wondering when you will get to make an appointment to get your hair done at your favorite hair salon again? While waiting at home, make your own easy all-natural moisturizing hair mask for dry damaged hair.  You may have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. Relax, sip some green tea, and let the healthy nutrients soak in your hair. 

8. Enjoy a Delicious Summer Mocktail

Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic drink that tastes like the real thing but without all the calories. You can relax and sip away on delicious alcohol-free cocktail recipes all summer with no guilt (or extra carbs ) getting in the way.  

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