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Orzo Pasta Salad : What's In My Kid's Lunch Box

Written By Srimathi Mani on Monday, September 24, 2012 | 6:01 AM

If your kid is in elementary school, it is a challenge to pack the lunch box. It always comes home unfinished especially if it is not cool enough. When questioned as to why the lunch box is untouched? I always get answers "no time to eat" or " I wanted to play". This becomes a big issue when they get off school. With a hungry stomach and low on sugar, we have to deal with tantrums or a very emotional child. To fix this problem and to encourage my daughter to eat her lunch, I engage her in preparing her lunch, by allowing her to make the choice regarding her lunch, and making it very interesting for her. Last week, she suggested that I make orzo salad for her lunch. It passed the "cool" test and has become one of my favorite pasta salad. Here is how I made it:


Gadgets:

Big bowl
Saucepan
Spatula
Colander
Measuring cups and Spoons
Cutting Board
Knife

Ingredients:

Orzo Pasta - 1 1/2 cups
Water - as recommended to cook the pasta
Salt
Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil - 1/2 cup
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 1/2 cups cut into halves
Black Pepper - as per taste
Garlic Powder - 1 tbsp
Pine Nuts - one fist full
Fresh Basil - a few leaves thinly sliced


Preparation:

1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions in the cover. Wash the pasta in cold water and drain. 

2. Add the pasta to a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a toss. 

3. Check to see if the salt and peper taste is fine. Add the pine nuts and basil. Toss and serve.

12 comments:

  1. Delicious Salad.. Looks colorful and very inviting..

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  2. Wow.. I would love that in my lunchbox too... so colorful...

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  3. yum yum colourful and tempting salad.

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  4. love this colorful pasta.. your kid must be finishing up the lunch box

    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  5. That looks beautiful..gr8 recipe..

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  6. Delicious n healthy Salad, looks very colorful n inviting!

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  7. This looks colorful and delicious Srimathi. Love this salad.

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  8. Colorful and healthy salad!

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