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
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!