Orzo Pasta Salad

If you learn anything about me today, it's that I love pasta salad! It's an easy way to get more vegetables into my diet without having to sacrifice taste or deliciousness! This orzo pasta salad is fantastic! My resident pasta salad/salad/anything tester received a delivery of this at work yesterday and he raved about it. I work for a German company and fortunately I get some awesome products brought back from their trips, one being a German mustard. So, I substituted the German mustard in place of the Dijon. My garden is also slowly starting to produce, so I loved that I could add some veggies in the mix. 

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Without further ado, here is my favorite take on pasta salad! You can also use Bow tie pasta here if you like, but I prefer Orzo. 


12 ounces of orzo pasta
2 medium roma tomatoes
1 medium summer squash
1 medium zucchini
1 medium broccoli crown
1/2 medium red onion
15 ounce jar of roasted red peppers
1/2 bunch of parsley
1/4 cup of vegetable or coconut oil
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon of salt
black pepper to taste

Boil the pasta until cooked, drain it, and then combine all of the ingredients in a separate bowl. Let the pasta cool down, then add it to the mixture and enjoy!

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Nana's Chicken Salad

Nana's Chicken Salad

I know there are a zillion chicken salad recipes.  With pecans.  Without.  With apples.  With mustard.  You literally can put whatever you want in yours.  This is my mom’s recipe that I grew up on.  It is close to Zoe’s Kitchens, so if I need an immediate chicken salad fix (don’t act like it hasn’t happened), I will grab some there.  But if I had my choice, I would get it straight from my mother.

Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad

Have you tried Brussels Sprouts?  Suck it up and don’t be scared. They have a bad wrap, but they are delicious!  This is how I disguise mine and they are always a huge hit at every party!  People are shocked that they love them!  I need you to promise that you will try this recipe at least once.  I adapted this from a Buzzfeed article awhile back.