Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer Grilled Pasta Salad

Happy 4th of July, readers and friends!

In case you missed it, I have started a new challenge for July. Here are my goals:

July Goals 
  • Break out of the 230's
  • Try two new recipes
  • Start running again

Maybe I should have upped the number of new recipes to try for this challenge because I'm already halfway to reaching that goal! Not only did I try a new recipe two days ago, but I made it up all by myself. I know, I know mom; I'm all grown up now. (Tear and wimper.)

My husband gave me the name for this yummy concoction!

Summer Grilled Pasta Salad


It was quite simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

2 cups pasta (any kind)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dry basil
1/2 tbsp dry parsley (optional)
1 small-medium zucchini
1 roma tomato
sprinkle garlic salt to taste
sprinkle grated parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed. 
  2. Grill zucchini and tomato for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Flip the vegetables half way through.
  3. Drain pasta, add olive oil. Toss with basil, parsley, garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Add chopped or sliced zucchini and tomatoes. Toss and serve.
We've been eating some fairly healthy and amazingly delicious meals lately. Here's a couple more pictures of our meals from the week for you to drool over.

Typical breakfast we've been having this week.

Grilled chicken, steamed asparagus and pasta prepared as above recipe without the vegetables. Delicious!
Last night's dinner: steak salad with a side of corn.

This morning, I woke up to the smell of bacon, eggs and coffee. This brought an instant smile to my face. Since I slept in (as evidenced from the time on our coffee maker), my husband prepared breakfast and had it waiting for me. What a guy!

Now that breakfast is over, I'm off to make my second new recipe for July. We're going to a 4th of July picnic this afternoon and I can't wait to try my hand at some nearly homemade pepperoni balls.

What are your plans for the 4th?

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