≡ Menu

test test

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables – a delicious way to utilize lots of vegetables in a healthy, satisfying meal!  Make sure to check out this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens.   Bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, and asparagus can be grilled, or roasted on high heat in the oven or on the stove top – I love that this recipe is so easy to adjust! 

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

I pretty much followed the “recipe”, except that I did not want to turn on the grill, so I just sliced all the veggies and roasted them, in two batches, in a large skillet on high heat, using the same amount of olive oil as the recipe calls for.  Then, I mixed everything up with the cooked pasta in the same skillet.  The presentation was so pretty, even in the skillet: 

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Slice the veggies first into smaller pieces:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Then, roast them, in two batches, on the stove top, until just softened:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Finally, mix the roasted veggies with cooked pasta, balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper, add a sprinkling of fresh or dry oregano (optional), and serve:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Changes:

–    The recipe calls for grilling the vegetables.  I did not use the grill.  Instead, I sliced the vegetables into smaller pieces and roasted them in a large skillet on high heat, in 2 batches.  I have used 1.5 tablespoon of olive oil for each batch of vegetables, using the total of 3 tablespoons of olive oil for all the veggies.  

–    I used at least 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, doubling the amount in the recipe.  Adjust the seasonings to your taste, adding or decreasing the amount of salt.  

–    The recipe calls for 4 cups cooked rotini pasta – that’s 2 cups of uncooked, dry pasta.  I used 2 cups of uncooked, dry penne pasta, which I cooked, drained and mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. This recipe easily converts to gluten free – just use gluten free pasta.  

boneless chicken breast recipes, boneless chicken recipes, chicken breast recipes easy

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots – easy, 30-minute dinner, with flavorful shallot and garlic wine-based sauce! Use a small onion if you don’t have shallots. Healthy, gluten free recipe, packed with protein. It’s great served alongside rice or pasta! [click to continue…]

cilantro lime chicken, chicken recipes for dinner, chicken dinners, chicken pasta dinners

Chicken and Bacon Pasta in a homemade creamy Cilantro-Lime Alfredo Sauce – creamy, flavorful spaghetti in a delicious white cheese sauce!

[click to continue…]

hash brown breakfast casserole, hash brown egg casserole, hash brown casserole, easy breakfast casserole

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole with eggs, sausage, black beans, bell pepper, hash brown potatoes, chili peppers and Southwestern spices. Deliciousness! It also makes a perfect breakfast for dinner recipe! [click to continue…]

salmon recipes, healthy fish recipes, gluten free dinner

Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Salmon baked in foil – easy, healthy, gluten free recipe that takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Serve the salmon with rice or greens on the side!

[click to continue…]

pesto chicken, basil pesto pasta, Italian recipe, Mediterranean recipes

Pesto Chicken, Tomatoes, and Carrots with Parmesan Noodles – you’ll love all the Mediterranean flavors in this pasta dish! [click to continue…]

easy chicken thigh recipes, how long to cook chicken thighs, cooking chicken, chicken and bacon, gluten free chicken dinner

Pan-fried chicken thighs in a creamy bacon sauce with a touch of lemon! Quick and easy recipe for skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs. [click to continue…]

easy pasta recipes, easy chicken pasta recipes, chicken alfredo pasta recipe, chicken alfredo recipe

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Alfredo Sauce – delicious spaghetti in a creamy white cheese sauce with lots of flavor! The sauce is made by cooking garlic, adding freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro and then mixing everything in a homemade alfredo sauce!

[click to continue…]

healthy chicken, Mediterranean chicken recipe, Italian chicken recipes, gluten free chicken dinner

Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes – delicious, healthy, low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie meal, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken).

[click to continue…]

pork recipes, pork tenderloin with sweet plum reduction, gluten free recipes

Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Balsamic Plum Reduction. Only 6 ingredients! The sticky glaze is so flavorful, you’ll want to double the recipe just for the plum sauce!

[click to continue…]

chicken pasta dishes, easy chicken pasta recipes, chicken breast recipes, broccoli recipes, bacon recipes, gluten free pasta

Creamy Broccoli, Chicken Breast, and Bacon Fettuccine Pasta in homemade Alfredo sauce. Easy, delicious pasta dinner!

[click to continue…]