Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Make your own ...

As Beki has mentioned before when we were growing up we frequently had Baked Potatoes with Tempting Toppings. My own people don't really think that is a meal which is sad for me but I've taken the basic idea and run with it.

My kids have varying tastes and sometimes it's hard to make a meal that will appeal to all 3 of them so I came up with "make your own _____ ". Sometimes it's tacos or burritos but tonight it will be Chicken pasta salad.

Chicken Pasta Salad - serves 6 -8

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 lb pasta (I'm using Cavatappi)
1 bottle lite or fat free Italian dressing
additional toppings - avocado, tomatoes, olives, green pepper, green onion, carrots, cucumbers, Parmesan cheese, etc.

Place chicken breast in 13X9 baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Or cook during the day in crock pot with desired seasonings. I used an Italian seasoning blend. While this is baking boil pasta according to package directions and rinse in cool water. Toss with 1/2 bottle Italian dressing and let chill. Chop or grate your chosen toppings and put into small individual bowls. Remove chicken from oven and chop into bite size pieces and toss with pasta and dressing or also put it into a separate bowl. Place all bowls on the table and encourage your picky eaters to try something new or just let them eat the same old thing as always!

1 comment:

  1. I will have to convince people here we should put this on our menu. It sounds fun. And recently we have been having lettuce with tempting toppings. Sadly the boys can see right through the name and know we are just feeding them salad again....


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