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8/25/06

Chicken Alfredo Pasta & Full-of-Shapes Fruit Salad

Chicken Alfredo Pasta  

5 1/2 ounces rotini, uncooked (2 cups)  

1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables  

1 (9 ounce) package frozen cooked diced chicken breast  

1 (15 ounce) can low-fat chicken alfredo-style soup or jar sauce  

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese  

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper  

Cook pasta and vegetables together in boiling water in a Dutch oven 10 minutes or until pasta is done and vegetables are tender. Drain pasta and vegetables, return to Dutch oven. Add chicken and next 3 ingredients to pasta mixture, stirring well. Cook over low heat 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.    

Yield 6 (1 cup) servings

Calories: 253, Fat: 3.8 g, Protein: 22.4 g, Carbohydrates: 31.5 g, Fiber: 2.8 g, Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 516 mg  

Cookbook: Cooking Light 5 Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook      

Full-of-Shapes Fruit Salad  

Triangles:  Canned pineapple chuncks in juice  Apples cut lengthwise into wedges and cored, then cut withwise into chunks  

Ovals:  Seedless grapes or raisins  

Circles:  Cherries without pits  Banana slices  Melon balls (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)  Kiwi slices, peeled  

Squares:  Melon cut into cubes  

Rectangles:  Watermelon or other melong, pared and cut into rectangles  Bananas, peeled, cut in half lengthwise (the end will look like a half circle but the center will look like a rectangle)  

Parent Prep:  You probably will have to do some preparation on certain of the fruits listed, such as opening the can of pineappe chunks, cutting the apple into chunks, cutting and seeding the cantaloupe or other melons, and cutting the watermelon into more manageable slices or wedges.  

Call the Kids: Choose one or two options from each shape listed. Your child can help wash certain fruits such as grapes and help prepare other fruits for the fruit salad. Your child can peel and slice the bananas, slice and peel the kiwi fruit, pull off the stems and wash the cherries. You cna help your child age four or older use a melon baller tool to scoop out the melon balls and use a plastic knife to cut the cubes or triangles out of the wedges of the watermelon or other melons and fruit. As each fruit is prepared for the salad, add it to a larger serving bowl and toss it with the pineapple juice (or other high vitamin C fruit juice such as orange juice) to help prevent some of the fruit from browning. Ask your child whether he or she sees any triangles. Are there any squares in the fruit salad? Which piece of fruit looks like a circle? You get the picture.

Cookbook: Someone's in the Kitchen with Mommy by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

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