Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rainbows and Unicorns

Every morning I ask my 4 year old what she dreamed about while she was sleeping. Without fail she always says "Rainbows and Unicorns!" Ah, to be 4! Childhood is the most magical time in life. It is full of such innocence and joy that you believe anything is possible. My own childhood was filled with endless possibilities and rich imagination.

It is one of my greatest hopes that my children have the most magical childhood possible. To me, it is important that during these few short years I can foster in them a rich imagination and the ability to see all the wonder there is in life. This is the reason that I am as silly, creative and imaginative with my kids (and everybody else's kids for that matter) as I can possibly be.

Extending this type of play and imagination to their meals just seems natural.

To celebrate all those 'rainbow and unicorn' dreams I found a way to make a key toddler staple more fun and colorful! Using farfalle (Italian for butterfly) noodles adds a further dimension to the whimsy of the dish. 

Rainbows, Unicorns, Butterflies...oh my!

(unicorns not included.)

What You Need:

  • Box of noodles (farfalle are great but spaghetti is just as good... think colorful snakes!)
  • Various Food Coloring 


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add about 30 drops of food coloring to the water (the more food coloring the brighter the color so use your own discretion here.)

Add in the pasta and cook as directed. 

I added some melted buttered and a little bit of parmesan cheese to make it tasty. 
It's as simple as that!

I cooked several colors to make a rainbow effect. 

I had my littlest one scoop out the colors she wanted. She loved all the bright colors.
The pink was the favorite (of course) but when I called the teal color 'Elsa Blue' there was no going back. If I were having a Frozen party this would be a perfect treat, just saying.



P.s I was having visions of this for Halloween by using orange and black food coloring and farfalle noodles. They would look like bats! I gotta go find me some black food coloring and try it out!!