Heading Back to School with Nestlé + Rainbow Pasta Salad Recipe
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It’s hard to believe that our kids have already head back to school! We had a great summer – filled with swimming, bowling, and lots of other fun adventures, but now it’s time to get back to the books. As part of our process of getting ready for school, we take the kids to get clothes, school supplies and all the goodies for their lunches. In addition to getting them ready for school, I like to get ready for school too with easy meals during the busy week! One of my favorite stores to shop at is VONS. Not only is it in close proximity to our house, but it also has great sales and I know a lot of the people who work there.
I recently headed to VONS and picked up a variety of Nestlé products, including STOUFFER’S® Party Size Lasagna, NESTLÉ® Fun Size Candy (NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® and NESTLÉ® BABY RUTH®), NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Ready to Drink Chocolate Milks and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough. During the week, it can get really busy and I’ve found that time goes by very quickly after picking up kids from school and helping with homework. For those nights where we want a yummy and hearty meal, but don’t have a lot of time, we cook up a STOUFFER’S® Party Size Lasagna (the perfect size for our family of 8). Along with it, I like to serve a freshly made Rainbow Pasta Salad. For an after-dinner treat, we have freshly baked cookies to snack on. Throughout the day, our kids love to drink chocolate milk and the NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Ready to Drink Chocolate Milks are the perfect drinks to enjoy! Plus, the NESTLÉ® Fun Size Candy bags are the perfect chocolatey treat to snack on during the day or at night.
Cooking up the STOUFFER’S® Party Size Lasagna is really easy, but does require some time to heat up in the oven (about 75 minutes or more). We love the flavor of the lasagna and if you have kids, you know it’s always a great thing when you discover a meal that everyone likes! As I mentioned above, I like to serve the lasagna with Rainbow Pasta Salad. It’s yummy and easy to make!
RAINBOW PASTA SALAD RECIPE
- Box of Rainbow Colored Rotini (or more depending on how much Pasta Salad you want to make)
- Cheese, cut into chunks
- Ham, cut into chunks
- Olives, sliced
- Carrots, sliced
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Bottle of your favorite Italian dressing
1 – Cook. Cook Rainbow Colored Rotini pasta and drain. (**Note: Run cold water over pasta if you are limited on time and don’t have a lot of time to chill your pasta salad. This process will cool down the pasta more quickly.)
2 – Chop. Chop cheese and ham.
3 – Slice. Slice olives, carrots and tomatoes.
4 – Mix. Add chopped ham and cheese, as well as sliced veggies the bowl of cooked pasta. Mix ingredients together.
5 – Dressing. Add about 3/4 to full bottle (depending on your taste) of your favorite Italian salad dressing to the bowl of pasta with meat, cheese and veggies. Mix together until all pasta is coated with the dressing.
6 – Chill. Chill for a few hours and serve cold. Enjoy!
I love that Nestlé products are fun, simple and helpful meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! I know that this is especially important during the Back to School season when it’s busy and the day goes by quickly. Be sure to check online for digital coupons and easy recipes using some of your favorite Nestlé products. VONS is a great place for back to school shopping and stocking up on Nestlé products for yummy meals and snacks!
What are your favorite Nestlé products to get at VONS? What are your favorite Nestlé meals to prepare during the school week for your family?