Here’s a little something I came up with for my BBQ this past weekend. Many of my friends are vegetarians and ALL of my friends are healthy eaters. I thought this would make a great side dish (or main dish for any who preferred it).
This also makes a great picnic or potluck dish as there is no mayonnaise so it can be left out of the fridge for a little bit. Actually, it tastes better at room temperature. Bonus is that it is easy, filling and the recipe yields A LOT!
2, 12-16 oz boxes of tricolor rotelle pasta
1, 16 oz package of fresh broccoli florets
3-4 green zucchini
3-4 yellow squash
1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1, 8 oz can of small pitted black olives
1, 12-16 oz container of crumbled feta cheese
Italian Dressing of your choice (I used Wishbone Robusto Italian)
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Cook pasta to al dente and drain. Rince with water and let cool as you prepare other ingredients
Line two sheet pans with foil. Throw broccoli florets on one pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Dice up zucchini and squash and place on second sheet pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees until tender and some bits are charred.
In a large container, throw in shredded carrots, olives, grape tomatoes etc. When roasted veggies are cooled, add them as well.
Toss the pasta in with the veggies. At this point, dump in your feta, 1/3 your bottle of Italian Dressing (or more) and sprinkle with Cayenne if desired.
Really get in there and mix with your hands (a chef’s best tool!) Enjoy!!
Today I’m grateful that I sucked it up and went for a run then a short bike ride afterwards despite having fleeting thoughts of skipping again. NO MORE SKIPPING OUT just ’cause I’m tired or stressed out from work. If I’m going to get faster and stronger I have to stay focussed.
Running makes me feel mentally better anyway, even if I do feel physically exhausted afterwards, lol. It was a good day :)
I’m felling kinda sick so I made myself some Lentil Soup with Kale… This thing is so insanely full of vitamins that, if it doesn’t cure me… I’m convinced that whatever is bothering me is psychosomatic.
Here’s a recipe for some amazingly delicious carrot cup-cakes that were a SERIOUS hit at my Easter BBQ! I drew inspiration from the following recipe from the Food Network web site. I was originally drawn to the recipe because of the pineapple. The carrot cake recipe my mother has made since I was a little girl also includes pineapple and this recipe is reminiscent of that.
Today I did a 10K with my friend Caitlin. It was an overcast, extremely windy morning and I had one too many beers at my bbq last night but, I managed to try my best and finished without falling over, LOL.
I ran at an average pace of just under 9 minute miles and really enjoyed myself. It was a beautiful morning and I got to spend some time with friends…. can’t beat that. This photo was taken by Casey just as the sun was rising over the ocean.
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning, even if you ARE running while hung-over. :-/
More photos from the race:
Cheesy race logo, lol. I’ll be wearing this shirt strictly as a pj.
Entrance to lovely Gumbo Limbo park. I remember coming here on field trips as a kid! ;)
Today I was able to reconnect with old friends and get to know some new ones a little better. Although there were a few no-shows and the planning and preparing was a little hectic, I must say that my Easter BBQ was a blast.
I am blessed to have such amazing loving friends in my life and am grateful every day that I have them. Its time like these when people take time out of their schedules or drive a long ways to spend time with you that you really feel loved and appreciate the amazingness of friendship. <3