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21 Pool-Party Pastas the Kids Will Love!

By Gen Cohen

 

 

21 Pool-Party Pastas the Kids Will Love!

Pasta salad is a staple at summertime pool parties, picnics, and BBQs. But after your first few batches, you start to get a little bored by the dish, and so do your kids! Kick it up a notch with these tasty (and healthy!) recipes that highlight the season's best ingredients. From "cool" mac and cheeses to colorful pasta salads, these pasta and macaroni salad recipes for kids will have your little ones asking for seconds without a sweat!

1. Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Got leftover grilled vegetables? Turn them into this tasty pasta dish from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

2. Macaroni Salad With Chickpeas

 

 

Macaroni Salad With ChickpeasMacaroni with a kick of protein: what could be better? Unlike most macaroni salads, My Whole Food Life's healthy dish is a great option for meatless Mondays!

Source: My Whole Food Life

3. Confetti Pasta SaladConfetti Pasta Salad

Loaded with seasonal veggies like cherry tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, Peas and Crayons' confetti pasta salad will become a pool-party staple.

Source: Peas and Crayons

4. Whole-Wheat Pasta Salad With Feta and PeasWhole-Wheat Pasta Salad With Feta and PeasClever Carrot's kid-friendly pasta salad actually tastes better the longer it sits. The whole-wheat pasta is a filling option, and the pea shoots give it a nutritious crunch.

Source: The Clever Carrot

5. Chicken Pasta SaladChicken Pasta Salad

Two summertime classics — pasta salad and chicken salad — come together to create one tasty dish.

Source: Circle of Moms user Robin Bunker

6. Southwestern Pasta SaladSouthwestern Pasta Salad

Packed with protein and veggies, Two Peas and Their Pod's fiesta-inspired salad is great as a side dish or main course. To avoid a soggy salad, serve the dressing on the side.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

7. Pesto Pasta SaladPesto Pasta Salad

If you want to sneak some extra veggies into your tot's pesto pasta salad, substitute half of the basil with spinach.

Source: POPSUGAR Food

8. Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad

Orzo makes a great, light alternative to traditional pastas.

Source: Circle of Moms user Nicole Diffenbaugh

9. BBQ Macaroni Salad

BBQ Macaroni SaladMel's Kitchen Cafe kicks up traditional macaroni salad with kielbasa, peppers, and BBQ sauce.

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

10. Avocado, Shrimp, and Pasta Salad

Avocado, Shrimp, and Pasta Salad

A great lunchbox or picnic dish, Good Cooks' avocado pasta salad is easy to make and bursting with flavor. Try making different variations by substituting chicken for shrimp or using seasonal vegetables throughout the year.

Source: Good Cooks

11. Tricolor Pasta
Tricolor PastaKids will be able to taste the rainbow in Mel's Kitchen Cafe's vibrant pasta salad.

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

12. 5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

5-Ingredient Pasta SaladEverything you need to make Gimme Some Oven's simple salad is probably already in your pantry and fridge.

Source: Gimme Some Oven

13. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Thanks to its tangy taste, Sunny Side Up's pasta salad is sure to be a dish everyone will enjoy. Try adding your own twist using fun-shaped pasta.

Source: Sunny Side Up

14. Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Kids with or without a gluten intolerance will devour Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh's gluten-free creation.

Source: Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh

15. Crab Pasta Salad

Crab Pasta Salad

Take advantage of the season's fresh seafood, and whip up this crab-filled salad.

Source: Circle of Moms user Sarah Schroer

16. Sunbutter Noodles

Sunbutter Noodles

Shh, don't tell the kids that these noodles are actually strips of zucchini. Oatmeal With a Fork's sunbutter noodles fill the kids with nutrients without them knowing!

Source: Oatmeal With a Fork

17. Pasta With White Beans and Tomatoes

Pasta With White Beans and Tomatoes

The Clever Carrot's simple pasta recipe has seasonal favorites like arugula and white beans for creaminess.

Source: Good Life Eats

18. Home-Style Macaroni Salad

Home-Style Macaroni Salad

Peas and Crayons' home-style macaroni salad is Summer's version of your little one's favorite dish. It directly translates to creamy, cheesy goodness with a (healthy) catch.

Source: Peas and Crayons

19.Crazy Delicious Pasta Salad

Crazy Delicious Pasta SaladWith ingredients like fresh vegetables and Summer sausage, we can understand why Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh dubbed this a crazy delicious salad.

Source: Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh

20. Pasta Salad Skewers

Pasta Salad Skewers

Thanks to Cooking With My Kid, your child can enjoy pasta salad on the go!

Source: Cooking With My Kid

21. Fruity Pasta Salad

Fruity Pasta Salad

Who said pasta salad can't be a dessert? Western Gardens' sweet salad highlights Summer's best produce — fruit!

Source: Western Gardens

 

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10 Homemade Father's Day Gifts That Dads Will Love!

By Gen Cohen

By Danielle Herzog

Some dads want a new tool for Father's Day, and others want an afternoon to play golf with their buddies. But the one thing every dad loves is a homemade gift from his kids to show him how appreciated he really is, and these 10 homemade Father's Day gifts will make any dad feel loved.

A Stache of His Own

What dad doesn't sneak into the candy jar when his kids aren't looking? For this Father's Day, how about making him his own stache—er, stash—that he won't need to share. Fill it with his favorite candy and a promise that it's for him and him alone with this free printable from Thoughts from Alice!

 

Samples of His Life

Here's a colorful way to share all the things your kids love about their favorite guy this Father's Day! Little ones can draw a picture of their favorite thing to do together or fill each paint chip with what's so great about their special dad. No matter what, these "samples" of their appreciation are sure to brighten up any Father's Day.

For the Handyman in Your Life

If dad just can't seem to get his workshop organized, try turning empty Altoid boxes into mini toolboxes to store nuts, bolts and all sorts of tiny hardware. Kids can personalize them with their names or even with what's inside of each box. Either way, they're a great way to help dad be the best Mr. Fix It he can be!

What I Love About You

Let dad read what the kids really think of him this Father's Day. Create an entertaining and fun questionnaire for your kids to answer and showcase all the things they love about their dad. With just a frame, some paper bunting and a printer, you can create a memorable keepsake that will make any father smile.

Cook Up Some Love

Every man wants to have his very own apron, just one without ruffles or frills. This adjustable apron is just the right gift for your personal chef this Father's Day. With some simple sewing and some love, you'll have him cooking something up for the family in no time!

At the Car Wash!

Washing a car is to fathers what going shopping without children is like for mothers. So this Father's Day, why not put together a personalized car washing kit for dear ol' dad? It's as easy as a decorated bucket filled with all the necessities to bring out the sparkle of your car and dad!

Clean Cut Choice

If dad tries to be eco-friendly or just doesn't like putting chemicals on his face, he'll love this DIY shaving cream. Just whip together some Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Bergamot Essential Oil, and voilà, you'll have a clean, fresh smelling cream. Just remember The Chic's tip for getting a light, whipped texture: let the Shea soften first.

Control of the Remote

What man wouldn't love to not only get homemade cookies on Father's Day but also gain control of the television remote for at least one day? Now he can have both with these adorable remote control cookies. And don't be scared by how real they look, it's as simple as some royal icing and edible markers to bring the cookies to the beta phase!

From Scratch

Add a little mystery to his Father's Day by making this -off, personalized card. Silver acrylic paint mixed with dish-washing liquid gives dad a chance to scratch off hidden messages that tell him exactly how awesome he really is.

Slip in Some Silliness

What a hilarious way to show dad that his kids are always with him—even when he's reading! These silly bookmarks are a fun and easy gift to make for your favorite bookworm. Slip one into a new book and give him a day of relaxing reading—his favorite way to enjoy his Father's Day.

 

Thanks for checking out this list of personalized Father's Day gifts! Make sure to also check out our sunglasses that fit both Mommy, Daddy and Junior!

 

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