Pasta Salad

This summer has absolutely flown by!  I cannot believe I go back to work on Monday.  To end the summer, I went on a hike yesterday and had a great summer-time dinner waiting for me when I got back.  I have been wanting to make a pasta salad for a long time and never got around to it.  I figured pasta salad would be great after a hike.  Pasta salad is actually quite easy to make and it makes so much that you will have leftovers for the week.  This is perfect for those work days.

Pasta Salad

This recipe has been adapted from two recipes: here and here.  I chose ingredients for the pasta salad based on what I liked between the two and I liked the oil free dressing better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb tri color spiral pasta (or any kind will work.  I used this.)
  • 1 16oz package frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped (I sliced grape tomatoes in half)
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 can black olives, sliced
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1/3 cup wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • dash of hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.  Allow to cool.
  2. Slice all your veggies and add them to your cooled pasta.
  3. Add the black olives and chickpeas.
  4. Mix together the dressing ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing into the pasta salad and mix to combine.
  6. Chill a couple of hours, if desired, and serve.

I bought carrots and olives that were already pre-sliced which made this meal even easier to put together.

Pasta Salad 2

The best thing about pasta salad is you can just cook some pasta and add any kind of veggies that are your favorite for a bowl that you find delicious!

Tempeh Avocado Sprout Sandwich

I came across this recipe at the most perfect time.  I had some tempeh and some sprouts that needed to get used before they expired and anything with avocado just sounds absolutely amazing!  I rarely eat sandwiches anymore, but I may have to make them more just to eat this sandwich.  This was so simple to make, so tasty, and a great healthy meal!

Tempeh Avocado Sprout Sandwich

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1 8oz package of tempeh
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 slices of sprouted grain bread*
  • 4 tbs hummus
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 pint alfalfa sprouts
  • handful of greens

Directions:

  1. Slice the tempeh in half.
  2. Mix together the olive oil, maple syrup, tamari, and balsamic vinegar in a shallow bowl.
  3. Evenly coat the tempeh and let it marinate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake the tempeh at 400F for 30 minutes flipping once halfway through baking.
  5. Once the tempeh is done, spread hummus on your bread.
  6. Add tempeh, avocado, sprouts, and some greens.

This recipe makes two sandwiches or two wraps!

*Ezekiel sprouted grain bread was used by my family.  To make this gluten free, use a gluten free bread or try a wrap!  I recommend these  Brown Rice Tortillas which is made by the same company as the ezekiel bread.