Rainbow Spaghetti


Rainbow spaghetti?! Why though?? 

First and foremost, I’m pretty sure when my oldest was about a year and a half old I wrote a blog post about how he was such a wonderful eater. I was super proud of him and also kind of braggy about it. Approximately five minutes after I wrote that post, he became the world’s pickiest eater.

I can make a list of all the foods he will eat. First, ANYTHING that could be considered junk food that you don’t necessarily want your kids to eat everything. After that list, it’s slim pickings. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches and dinosaur chicken nuggets. That’s basically what he lives off of. Same with our 2 year old daughter because she basically copies all of his tendencies (although she will eat a few more things than he will).

So yesterday i finally broke down and decided that something had to be done. Pinterest to the rescue. I typed “picky toddler foods” in the search and I just let maverick scroll through and tell me what he thought looked yummy. Of course this rainbow spaghetti caught his eye. It caught my eye too. It looked beautiful!

So we check out the post and decided to give it a try. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is one of the first things from Pinterest I’ve ever done that turned out great. And it really did turn out great. It wasn’t messy and the noodles look so bright and beautiful. 

Here is what we used:

  • 1 lb spaghetti 
  • Colander 
  • Food coloring
  • Zip lock bags
  • Water 

Here’s what we did:

  1. I filled a large pot with water and brought the water to a rolling boil. 
  2. I added the uncooked pasta to the pot and cooked it for 9 minutes. The directions on the pasta said to cook for 10-11 minutes but I wanted the pasta to be al dente.
  3. I poured the pasta and water into a colander and ran a bit of cold water over it. 
  4. I divided the pasta between 8 Ziploc bags and then placed 2 tbsp of warm water plus 20-30 drops of food coloring into each bag. I used 8 different colors.
  5. I then sealed the bags and let my 3 year old squish the food coloring around to color the pasta.
  6. We let the pasta cool completely in the bags then mixed all of the pasta together in a big bowl.
  7. The kids ate the pasta for dinner!

We really enjoyed this. Maverick doesn’t usually eat pasta so this was a major win for us. Of course he loved it because it was bright colors but i think it also helped that he was involved in the cooking process.