Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Recipes / Randomness

Today's a much better day. I didn't wake up in tears and heartbroken like I did yesterday. I'm tired and puffy eyed today, but that's OK, because it is substantially better than yesterday. I have tasks that have to be completed today, and I get to wear jeans and flip flops to work. Awesome. And, I might have a fruit smoothie at lunch. And, it's my Friday. No, I can't sleep and rest all day tomorrow. Yes, I have real things to do. I'm a pastor's(associate) wife, so there is always something to be done. Gotta get ready for a lock in for the girls in our church. Should be a blast.

So yesterday T. Sharee(I love saying that by the way, it just rolls off your tongue) asked me if I had any summer recipes. Uhm................................not so much. I don't cook all that much. I leave that to Chad and Mom. My version of cooking is KFC, Fatz, and Chick Fil A. That's probably why Chad's blood sugar is screwy and I'm too short for my weight. I can cook, I just don't really enjoy it. It's just something that has to get done, kinda like the laundry. I do have one dish that I think is perfect for summer, portable, and incredibly easy.

"Pasta Salad for Dummies(a reference for the rest of us)"
1 box tri-color rotini pasta
Fresh broccoli
Fresh cucumbers
Cherry or Grape tomatoes
Ranch dressing(I prefer Hidden Valley because I'm a condiment snob)
Grates Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Feta Cheese (optional)

1. Boil the rotini to your desired amount of doneness. Al Dente', if you prefer.
2. Drain the noodles well, and dump in a large bowl.
3. Wash, dry, and chop broccoli, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We like little veggie pieces, so I chop small. However, if you like larger pieces, make them larger.
4. Add chopped veggies to the drained pasta.
5. Squirt as much ranch dressing as you would like in the pasta. I don't like a dry pasta salad, but I don't want to drink it with a straw either. It's at your discretion how much you use.
6. Stir
7. Add parmesan cheese and Feta cheese if you would like. Again, add to taste. I'm a Feta fanatic, so I add a lot. It's your world, so add what you'd like
8. Refrigerate. Will last about 2 days in the fridge, before it starts to get runny and gross.
That's about all there is to it. You can add any other fresh veggies you would like, if you would like. The hubs always tells me that olives would be tasty. I think olives are gross and smell like feet, so I'm not putting them in my pasta salad.



Monica said...

So glad you are feeling better today. I am still praying.