During the past year or so, I have noticed that my taste for food has changed.  I used to absolutely love spicy foods before, but now I can’t handle it at all.  Whenever, I go out to eat now, some of my favorite foods, give me an immediate stomachache.  Does anyone else feel this way?

It’s like all of these foods are too rich for me.  I have been cooking at home more, so I think my body is not used to all of the rich ingredients.  Cooking at home, has become beneficial to my health, as well as to my wallet!

My go-to quick and delicious meal or snack is a pasta salad.  It is absolutely perfect when you’re feeling a little lazy and just want a quick meal.  I used to love to make it when I was working as, it was something I didn’t have to heat up in the microwave. The microwave at work was ancient and I just refused to use it! lol  So, this was absolutely perfect for my home lunch, as it was ready to eat! 

It is extremely tasty and satisfying!  And, the best part is…it’s inexpensive!  It cost me under $8.00 for all of the ingredients and it typically lasts me a few days!  Please try this at home and customize it to make it your own.  Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

Fresh & Easy Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 5 ounce can of Tuna in vegetable oil or grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper diced, or any vegetable of your choice
  • ½ cup of Ken’s Italian Dressing
  • ½ pound of Trader Joe’s Organic Pasta – Vegetable Radiatore, or any spiral pasta of your choice
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese, or your favorite cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Boil pasta in 8 or 10 cups of water for about 15 – 20 minutes or until pasta is el dente.  While the pasta is boiling, drain and open the canned tuna, dice the bell pepper and place it on the side.  Once, the pasta is cooked, pour in strainer to remove water.  Then, place pasta in a large bowl with all of the ingredients.  Mix thoroughly and you can serve immediately or refrigerate for 5-6 hours.  Now wasn’t that so simple?  Food is not our enemy….:)

pastasalad

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