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Tortellini Skewers

Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: About 25 Minutes
Serves: 16 Skewers

10-oz package refrigerated tortellini
1 cup 1-inch pieces of red and yellow pepper
Sixteen 10-inch bamboo skewers
1 to 2 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

For variety, make an assortment of colored tortellini with different fillings. Kids will get a kick out of sliding the pieces onto the skewers; for very young children, snap off the sharp end of each skewer beforehand.

1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions; drain, and then let them cool to room temperature. Thread 3 of the cooked tortellini and 3 pieces of pepper onto each skewer, alternating pieces and colors.

2. On a plate or cutting board, use a pastry brush or a small, clean paintbrush to brush each tortellini lightly with olive oil.

3. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over each skewer (hold it over a bowl to catch any cheese that doesn't stick). Arrange the finished skewers on a platter and serve.

How Kids Can Help: All steps except the cooking and draining of tortellini.(1 skewer): 68 calories, 2.6 g fat (1 g saturated), 121 mg sodium, 11 mg cholesterol

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