I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
Every other weekend or so Glenn and I try to drop the kids off and go out. Sometimes we like to have a nice night of dinner and a movie, other times we're just happy to go grocery shopping together, as long as it's just the two of us.
Before we dropped the kids off, I threw this salad together for the kids. We were planning on eating out, so we didn't want to eat any to ruin our appetites. The kids weren't too crazy about it, but Glenn and I couldn't stop picking at it. I don't think either of us wanted to admit it, but we both would have been happy to stay home and eat this for dinner instead!
This is such a quick and easy salad, great for potlucks and picnics. It's chuck full of colorful, healthy veggies, and then rounded out by soft cheesy tortellini. It might not be the most "wintery" dish, but sometimes it's nice to have a little blast of summer during these cold months to give us a ray of hope! Mediterranean Pasta Salad Adapted by Fresh Food Fast by Cooking Light
1 9 oz package refrigerated rainbow three cheese tortellini 1 quart water 1/4 pound asparagus spears, trimmed 1/3 cup chopped red pepper, or roasted red pepper, depending on preference 1 ounce Pepper Jack cheese, cut into 1/4 inch cubes 6 drained canned quartered artichoke hearts 8 grape tomatoes, or 3 seeded and diced tomatoes 8 black or kalamata olives 2 thin slices prosciutto, cut crosswise into strips 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 3 tablespoons light balsamic vinaigrette
1. Cook pasta in 1 quart boiling water 6 minutes. Add asparagus to boiling water, and cook 1 minute. Drain in a colander, and rinse with cold water until cooled. Drain.
2. While pasta and asparagus cook, combine bell pepper and next seven ingredients into large bowl. Add tortellini and asparagus; toss gently.