Friday, May 8, 2009

Recipes for you

When spring hits, I don't cook half as much as I do in the Fall or Winter. We try to have fast, but healthy meals. Pasta salad is a great thing to have on hand, especially for lunch. I can run inside, grab a few bowls, some fresh fruit and we are all set for a nice lunch outside.

My favorite combination lately is this:
1 lb. box of whole wheat, organic pasta, cooked and drained
1 package turkey pepperoni
1 orange bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 bottle of Newman's Own Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette
After pasta cools, add all ingredients.

Of course, after such a healthy lunch, you need to have a piece of this. Who can resist a fast, easy recipe for chocolate cake? This one is so good!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake:
2 C. sugar
1 3/4 C. flour
3/4 C. cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 C. milk
1/2 C. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. water

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 9" round pans. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add all other ingredients, mix on med. speed for 2 minutes. Pour into pans, bake 30-35 minutes.

P.S. I made the cake yesterday, and it was even better today! Oh, and did you notice those yellow flowers! They are still around, after two weeks!


tiennie said...

I think you've just planned out my lunch menu for tomorrow! Yum!

Knitterella said...

ooo, chocolate! Can't get enough of that these days - looks sooooo good!

cathleen said...

Oh my, your pasta salad looks so delicious! And would you believe, that is the exact same recipe I have used to bake chocolate cake for almost twenty years. It is the BEST!!!!! Loved all the prettiness in your last post too!!!!!

Claire said...

Gah! Those flowers!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Yummy! We do a lot of rice salads and pasta salads in the summer as well. Anything that can be made ahead and keeps you out of the kitchen and out doors is great :)

Journeying Five said...

yum! yum! yum! i think that is on the menu!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing such yummy-sounding recipes!

3Ms +1N said...

mmmmm.. I wish that chocolate cake were in front of me right now :) I think you just planted a craving.... Nummy!

Jen Kershner said...

I'm so happy you found me so that I could find you! I love your blog and I'm adding you right now to my bloglines list! Jen

Tif said...

thank you for the chocolate cake recipe! i'm always on the hunt for a new one! (chocolate is magic hahah)

Cyndi said...

Yum even the Healthy one looks good!! haha

Jessaca said...

Oh yum. I love cold pasta salads. Thanks for sharing!

a friend to knit with said...

oh! i wonder if my kids have time to whip that cake up for me. that is exactly what i would want for mothers day!

Anonymous said...

I made your chocolate cake for dessert tonight. It is a hit! Family said it is the best cake they have had in a long time. Thank you for posting the recipe.


Anonymous said...

I made your chocolate cake for dessert tonight. It is a hit! Family said it is the best cake they have had in a long time. Thank you for posting the recipe.


Jessica said...

Oh that cake!!!! I know just the occasion to make it! Thanks!

caknitter said...

I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

When will I be Zen said...

Looks yummy! I love your website. So beautiful and inspiring.

Mary said...

Both of those look so good. I will try the pasta salad this week! Happy Mother's Day!

QuiltedSimple said...

Both of those look yummy! We are all for fast and healthy here lately.....happy belated mother's day!

MichelleB said...

Both recipes look great! I might have to make that chocolate cake. My daughter is into store bought chocolate cake, which is just so yucky. This cake looks wonderful.

Ingrid said...

What a great idea, the pasta salad! I will definitely try that. And your chocolate cake, too. I´m always suspicious if a chocolate cake doesn´t include chocolate, but I trust you :)

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

I gotta try the cake. I've heard wonderful things, so I stopped by for the recipe!

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