Summer time is here!

With the warm weather, sun and pool times increasing, our meals shift from things that need to be warmed up to colder meals such as salads, pasta/quinoa dishes and snacky meals. All are easy and quick to make as well as easy to carry to the softball fields and the pool!

For those who are still not on the band wagon for meal prep – stop procrastinating- summer time here gives you more options then any other time of year – maybe this recipe can get you started for a lunch idea for next week!

Pasta Salad – do not ask for ratios – you’re the boss! It will all depend on how much you are making. I love that this meal can vary every time I make it due to whatever is in the house. My only constant is the dressing and even that varies!

Pasta salad

  1. Cook brown rice pasta to Al-dente and drain
  2. Cut veggies – cucumber, sweet peppers and olives are our favorites
  3. Make dressing – We call it the Green Goddess Dressing
  4. Toss all together and let it marinate for an hour at least

*Optional add ins –red onion , tomato, corn, peas and meat! Yes! A kielbasa/pepperoni diced up goes really well and our daughters request it now!

Green Goddess Dressing

  1. 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1/3 cup of Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  4. 1 teaspoon of oregano
  5. 1 clove of garlic
  6. Pinch of Himalayan salt
  7. Fresh Black Pepper

Directions: Put all in a blender – Blend thoroughly – will be a light green color – hence the name – due to the amount of parsley used. Then TASTE! Please TASTE and adjust accordingly – the above amounts are just what I start with – if I have a more robust olive oil – I may need more vinegar. If the clove of garlic is big – I may add in a little more olive oil – OR – if I want it more zesty I will add another clove of garlic in!

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do and please do not make this by yourself! This is an ideal meal for kids to prepare! Our kiddos cut the veggies, they help pour into measuring cups, pour into the blender and I let them taste test to ensure they enjoy the flavor!

-Dr. Amanda

P.s. If you would like this to be a higher end entrée – not just a quick cold lunch – grill a steak or chicken breast – and serve it on top of an anti-pasta version of the above recipe. Ensure you make a little extra dressing to drizzle over the meat.