EASY MEALS: PASTA SALAD

Happy New Year!! School and work have kicked back into gear, and that got me thinking about meal prep and easy recipes. My go to for busy days is always a simple pasta salad. I plan to keep posting work friendly food options, and this is the first recipe to kick off another busy year! This recipe is beyond easy and full of flavour.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of pasta (I used gemelli, penne and bowtie work well too)
  • 5 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 cup of chopped spinach
  • Dash of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil

Makes 4 servings

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  1. Boil pasta in salted water for the amount of time directed on packaging, al dente is best for pasta salads.IMG_6277.jpg
  2. Drain pasta and put a generous coat of olive oil on noodles so they don’t stick, let cool for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a large bowl.IMG_6276.jpg
  3. Add the veggies into the bowl along with salt and pepper, then mix.IMG_6273.jpg
  4. Simply add all other spices and toss together with a spoon. If desired, you can add cheese or a protein in this step as well.
  5. Refrigerate the salad and portion it out for future quick meals!IMG_6272.jpg

I hope this recipe is helpful while you get back into the swing of things this month! This particular pasta salad is vegan, but adding a protein like chicken or any type of cheese would also be super tasty. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

-Caitie

 

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