June 17th, 2010
My little brother graduated high school last week.
As much as I love living in Pittsburgh, I tend to miss the weekday happenings. Like the high school graduation.
We were all together for me and my older brother’s graduation, I feel bad that Dave and I weren’t there to celebrate this with Jonathan.
I also missed the chance to smother my nephew with kisses. Seriously, check out those cheeks! AND THAT HAT!
But good news is that Dave and I are heading home his grad par-tay this weekend.
Bad news: My mom asked me to make pasta salad…for 60 people.
Like the salsa, my pasta is a party hit. I’m not bragging at all, but it’s just basic and tasty. And since my family has been plagued with gastrointestinal distress, I usually pass on the salsa and bring the pasta instead. Our colons thank us.
Another catch? My little brother maintains a gluten free diet. And let’s face it, if you don’t have a reason to eat brown rice pasta, why the heck would you??
So asked my mom what to do. She told me to ditch my morals, be a people-pleaser and choose gluten filled. I did only one of those. I chose whole wheat pasta, thus staying true to my morals and not necessarily being a people-pleaser. But this recipe is yummy enough that they shouldn’t care too much.
If they don’t like it, well, I need to find something to do with 3+ pounds of pasta salad. Anyone?
Basic Pasta Salad
- 1 16 oz box of pasta (I’ve done brown rice before!!)
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1-1 1/2 cup cheese (I use sharp cheddar), chopped
- 1 bottle of Italian dressing (I use Newman’s—no HFCS)
- Salt (optional)
Really, this recipe is another easy one (one of my four essential food rules)! Cook the pasta, then throw in the veggies and cheese! Once I do that, I put some of the dressing in, but if I’m serving it the next day, I save some of the dressing to add later because it dries out after awhile. If you use brown rice pasta, you need a LOT of dressing.
Season to taste with oregano, basil, pepper and salt!
Don’t you just love easy, gluten filled recipes?!
Sorry, little bro, I bought you a gift, so that should make up for the whole wheat pasta.
What’s your crowd-pleaser dish?? Do you have a health-i-fied favorite?