Life is very busy these days with 5 kids in school and various sports. We are on-the-go pretty much every single night of the week. It can be a real challenge to gather everyone around the dinner table for a healthy dinner when we are so short on time. I’m always trying to cram family dinner into a very small window of time before we rush off in opposite directions to get kids to practices and games. I refuse to sacrifice a healthy family dinner just because we’re busy and active. Over the last year I have been compiling a list of our family favorite recipes that are perfect for busy nights. Today I’m sharing a gluten free pasta recipe that everyone in my household loves.
I’ve switched to using gluten free products when I can and finding a 4-pack of Barilla® Gluten Free Penne Pasta at BJ’s Wholesale Club was the highlight of my grocery shopping trip. The Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta is a good gluten free pasta made with corn and rice and non-GMO ingredients. It is certified Gluten Free and produced on dedicated gluten free production lines. With a delicious taste and texture, it tastes like regular pasta and will create a meal your whole family will enjoy!
2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
1 box Barilla® Gluten Free Penne Pasta, cooked
1 can corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 pkt ranch dressing mix
2 cups BBQ sauce
1. In large bowl, combine diced tomatoes, onion, corn, pasta, chicken, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.
2. Spread mixture in 13×9 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
My whole family loved this gluten free pasta recipe and it made me happy to be able to serve my family a healthy dinner despite being short on time. Family dinner is so important to me- it’s a time to connect with my kids and hear about their days. We get such a small amount of time with them during the week, being able to sit around the table and listen to their funny stories about school is really invaluable. We have a few hard and fast rules for family dinner that really calms the chaos and gets everyone into a better frame of mind for the rest of our evening.
1- We turn off all electronics- no phones, no television, no tablets, no games. Our dining room table is a technology-free zone every evening when we gather for dinner.
2- We put the dogs outside- nothing interrupts dinner time more than a puppy nose in your lap while you’re trying to eat. So all 3 pups are sent out to the backyard while we eat.
3- We stay at the table until everyone is done- nobody gets excused until the last person is finished eating.
If you’re looking for a great way to keep connected with your kids, forced family dinners are a great way to accomplish that goal! And if you’re looking for a good gluten free pasta then I highly recommend the Barilla® Gluten Free Penne Pasta! Visit BJ’s Wholesale Clubs on December 22nd and 23rd to see an in store Barilla Gluten Free pasta demo at select clubs. And be sure to check out the Barilla Gluten Free Recipes on Pinterest.