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Lunch Box: Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Broaden your kids' lunchroom horizons with this Asian pasta salad.




What's for Lunch

Parents know it can be a little tricky getting kids to dig into new dishes, but when the unknown contains something familiar like chicken and something fun like bow-tie pasta, kids will warm up to it.

Today's menu: a slightly exotic Asian sesame pasta chicken salad, along with a deliciously nutty fruit salad and ginger snap cookies made with whole wheat flour.

Serve with skim milk or water.


Lunch Box Logic

  • Make ahead. Bake the cookies ahead of time, freezing some if you like (to thaw, put in the fridge overnight). Bake and shred the chicken, boil pasta, and mix the dressing the night before--toss everything together in the morning. The fruit salad can be made the night before as well.
  • Make it lighter. Cut down the fat content of the pasta salad by reducing the vegetable oil to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.
  • Make it pack an even healthier punch. Add some carrots, snow peas, or celery to the pasta salad for some extra crunch (and vitamins!).
  • Make it different. Can't do the nuts? Leave those out of the fruit salad. Instead, pack some granola in a snack bag so they can add it at lunchtime.

    Comments
    Aug. 10, 2010 8:24 am
    Or substitute "vegetable" oil with extra virgin olive oil made in Italy (made from ONE country, not several) and is 1st press. Olive oil is GOOD for you, people!! Replace that chemical-y "vegetable"/canola oil with olive oil!
     
    Apr. 7, 2011 5:20 am
    I totally agree with the olive oil substitute. Here in Portugal, we barely use so called vegetable oils. Olive oil is good for you and leaves the food so much more tastier!
     
    Sep. 2, 2013 10:23 am
    Culinary Uses Both canola and olive oil are known for their culinary uses. Canola oil has a milder flavor than olive oil, which tends to retain some of the olive flavor after it is pressed. For this reason, canola oil is more appropriate for baking and other dishes that require a flavorless source of fat. In other dishes, such as pasta sauces or salad dressings, olive oil's flavor may be desirable, particularly if the oil is of high quality. Canola oil also has a somewhat higher smoke point than olive oil and is, therefore, more suitable for frying at high temperatures. Health Information According to FitDay, olive oil is generally considered to be healthier than canola oil. It contains a variety of nutrients, including antioxidants, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids. It has been shown to decrease the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. However, canola oil also has a variety of health benefits, and the United States Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged its effectiven
     
     
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