Tasty Tuesday Series:
We had this for lunch on Easter. Some plates were licked clean (not mentioning names). Everyone had second helpings.
1/2 lb (1/2 box) whole wheat farfalle or other pasta shapes
1 bunch tender (baby) asparagus, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
1 C. diced grape tomatoes
1 can artichoke hearts in water (quartered), drained and roughly chopped
1 can black olives, drained and roughly chopped
cashew parmesan for topping (recipe below)
1/2 C. of balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)
Method: Cook farfalle according to package directions. During the last few minutes of boiling, add the asparagus directly into the pasta pot. Cover and continue to cook until pasta is al dente. Drain in colander and put pasta and asparagus into large salad bowl. Add all of the other chopped vegetables, no need to let it cool. Toss with balsalmic vinaigrette and shake a little cashew parmesan on each individual serving. This salad is good warm or cold!
2 C. raw cashews
1/2 – 1 t. garlic salt (depends on your salt preference)
Method: Process cashews and garlic salt in food processor until fine. Don’t do it too long or it will turn into nut butter! Put in a pint mason jar. You can use an old parmesan shaker lid (if you have one) it fits a mason jar! Store in the fridge
This recipe is adapted from my copy of Eat to Live. He says not to consume oil, but the oil was in the dressing recipe in the book, this makes about 1.5 cups of dressing so 2 T. oil is quite reasonable!
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. pomegranate infused red wine vinegar (regular red wine vinegar will do)
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/4 whole fruit no sugar added apricot preserves (not the kind with splenda, gross)
4 cloves minced garlic
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried basil
1/2 t. onion powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper
Method: Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. This is super low fat and low calorie but super delicious. You only need to use 1/2 C. for the pasta salad. Put the rest in the fridge to put on your greens for later!