Italian Pasta Salad

imageThis is the easiest way to make a pasta salad if you are short on time and need to make a quick side dish or appetizer for a party or event. I would make this super easy pasta dish when I was in college because it was cheap, delicious, and everybody loves pasta salad! Especially with salami and cheese in it how can you go wrong!? Mix up the ingredients to what you like and you can’t mess up this recipe 🙂

Yield: 10

Ingredients:
1 lb multi colored rotini pasta
1/4 cup Wish Bone light Italian dressing
8 ounces mozzarella cheese; cubed
1 cup salami; chopped
1 can black olives; sliced
1 cup fresh spinach; chopped
1/2 cup fresh cherry tomatoes; cut in half
1 small jar of roasted peppers; sliced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
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Steps:
1. Bring a large bowl of water to a boil and cook pasta for 10-12 minutes or until al dente (cooked but has a bite to it). Once cooked drain and let cool.
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2. Once pasta is cooled place in a large bowl, add salad dressing, mozzarella cheese, salami, olives, spinach, tomatoes,red peppers, and seasonings. Toss with two large spoons until evenly coated. This dish is best when its served chilled. This is so easy and simple anybody can do it!
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Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

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These are almost too cute to eat! I grew up with my Nana making a very similar dish but instead she would get a piece of toast, cut a hole out, add an egg and it was so much fun to eat. This is a great breakfast to get your day started, I usually put my Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole in between a piece of toast with some avocado, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Let me just tell you, this is what you can call a “breakfast of champions”.

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
3 slices of bell peppers; cut into 1/2 inch rings (use any color)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle of pepper

Steps:
1. Drizzle olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. In the mean time, wash bell pepper(s), remove seeds, and cut into rings.

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2. Place rings on frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Carefully with a fork, flip bell pepper rings and add cracked egg in the center of the bell pepper (be sure not to get any shells!). Sprinkle top of eggs with salt and pepper and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until egg whites are white and yolk is still runny.

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Turkey Zucchini Parmesan Meatballs

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Ok so I’ve been craving a dish of spaghetti and meatballs for the last few days..my Nana makes the best and I dream about the dish all the time! But instead I decided to go with the healthier alternative and make my own spin on meatballs. I usually like to add zucchini in my burgers or meat loafs because I find it makes it more moist and nutritious of course. Anyways, I served these scrumptious meatballs with a side of spaghetti squash. More on that recipe later 🙂 But for now, these definitely hit the spot and satisfied my craving!

Yield: 12
Ingredients:
1 lb extra lean ground turkey meat
1 zucchini; grated
1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 cloves garlic; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup fresh basil; chopped

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the turkey meat, grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, cheese, and egg. Mix with hand until slightly combined. Add in garlic, salt, pepper, and onion powder and continue mixing with hand until well combined.
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2. With an ice cream scoop, scoop meatballs into a lightly greased (with olive oil) baking dish. Roll meat in hand to form the perfect “meatball” shape. Bake for 20 minutes and top with warm marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil.

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Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes

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Yield: 4

Ingredients:
6 roma tomatoes
1/4 cup seasoned italian bread crumbs
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp parmesean cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice tomatoes about 1/4 of an inch thick and put on greased baking sheet (grease with olive oil).

2. Sprinkle bread crumbs, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and cheese on tomatoes. Roast for 25-30 minutes.

The Easiest Bruschetta

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Yield: 12

Ingredients:

15 Roma tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
½ cup chopped fresh basil
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp basalmic vinegar
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 French bread baguette
cooking spray

Steps:
1. Wash all of your tomatoes and pat dry.
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2. Cut your tomatoes in half and spoon out the middle, then chop all tomatoes and put in a large bowel.

3. Chop your garlic and basil and put in bowel with tomatoes. Add oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix until well combined then place in refrigerator.
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4. Heat oven to 375.

5. Slice your bread ½ inch thick from a slanted angle so you get “pointy” toast pieces. (I also like to add a pinch of salt and pepper to the bread for extra flavor).

6. Spray pieces of bread with cooking spray and put in oven for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
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