The Goose has always been headstrong, and when it came to potty training, The Goose was as stubborn as they come. He wasn’t going to do it. Now, the thing is, he was fully capable of using the potty. He just didn’t want to. Sometimes, when he needed to go, he’d use the potty. Other times, he’d go hide in his toy room and go in his diaper. It was maddening. Especially because even when I’d offer rewards, prizes, and special gifts, he really didn’t care.
Then, just after he turned three years old, I found the one thing he really wanted – Bacon. And I used it to my advantage. Every time he used the big boy potty he’d get a piece of bacon. It took a week (and a few packages of bacon), but it worked. The Goose was finally potty trained. And I owe it all to bacon.
To this day, The Goose is still crazy about bacon. At least once a week he asks to take a BLT for lunch. And he always asks for bacon in his quesadilla, on his turkey sandwich, and sprinkled on his pancakes. So, it’s no surprise that Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is one of his favorite foods, making it’s way onto our menu several times a month.
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
1/2 box small pasta – approximately 2 cups (I usually use small shells)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 packet ranch dressing mix (about 1 ounce)
1/4 cup bacon (I typically use Hormel Real Bacon Pieces)
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse it in cold water to cool it down.
While the pasta is cooking, combine the mayonnaise, milk, ranch dressing mix, bacon and peas in a medium sized bowl.
Add the drained and rinsed pasta to the bowl. Stir well, making sure to coat all of the pasta. (You may need to add a tablespoon of mayonnaise to the pasta before serving if it seems too dry).
Place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours, or overnight before serving.
If you’re looking for a more colorful pasta salad try adding in chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese or shredded carrots. Or make it a meal by adding diced chicken.