Cooking with Kids: Rainbow Pasta, Ice Cream Bread, and Birthday Cake Popcorn

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Today we had a lot of fun making these three kid-friendly recipes: Ice Cream Bread, Birthday Cake Popcorn, and Rainbow Pasta.  I especially like these recipes because they are quick, super easy, and perfect to do with the kids.

First, we made Ice Cream Bread.  A reader mentioned this amazingly simple recipe that basically goes like this:  Flour + Ice Cream = Bread.  I couldn’t believe it but today I verified that equation!  Really you can use any flavor of ice cream.  We used Edy’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream and it came out good.  The kids are excitedly thinking of more flavors we can try with this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups any flavor Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups of Self-Rising Flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your bread pan with shortening & lightly flour.  Mix the ice cream and self-rising flour together in a medium bowl until moistened.  Pour into the bread pan and bake for up to 45 minutes.  I ended up baking our bread for only 35 minutes because I used a wider glass pan.

We then made some Birthday Cake Popcorn, which I sampled for the first time at Book Club last night.  It was very delicious so I of course asked for the recipe!  This is another simple recipe to do with kids.

Ingredients:

1 bag of popped popcorn (I only had butter flavor but do prefer the plain that my friend used)
8 ounces of white chocolate chips
4 heaping teaspoons of white cake mix
Mini Chocolate Candy (my friend used mini M&Ms which I didn’t have on hand so I used round chocolate sprinkles)
Sprinkles

Directions:

Pour popped popcorn into a bowl and remove any kernels.  Add mini chocolate candies.  Melt white chocolate in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.  Stir cake mix in melted chocolate until well blended.  Pour onto popcorn and mix well.  Add your sprinkles and enjoy!!!

Finally we made Rainbow Pasta, which made the kids so excited!  I highly recommend doing this simply fun recipe.

Ingredients:

Pasta, cooked al dente according to package
Food coloring
Bowls to mix Pasta
Strainer

Directions:

Add 2 teaspoons of water (I used a clean medicine cup to measure) to a small mixing bowl.  Have the child(ren) add the food coloring of their choice.  Add a portion of your cooked pasta to the liquid and mix with a large fork/spoon.  Put the colored pasta in a small strainer to allow the dye to set for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, rinse your mixing bowl, add another 2 teaspoons of water, and your next color(s).  Mix in pasta.  Rinse the pasta that has been sitting in your strainer under cold water and add to your serving bowl.  Put the second batch in the strainer so that the color sets while you mix the third color.  Continue until all of your pasta has been dyed.  Then mix all of your rainbow pasta together in the bowl and serve with your favorite sauce or enjoy plain!  If the pasta is too cold feel free to heat it up again on the stove for a few minutes, mixing continuously.

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