Today the Farmer family went to the farm. Sweet P and I haven't been out there since snow blanketed the ground so it was high time we made a trip. But this post isn't about the trip (that will come tomorrow), it's about what we took to eat. But here's a sneak peek of a pic...
We knew we'd be out for awhile so we decided to pack a picnic lunch. The standard picnic sandwich for us is peanut butter and jelly. Much to our dismay we ate the last 4 pieces of bread yesterday. I had to think of something...quick! So I made pasta salad and it did not disappoint! It was quick and easy and really yummy.
Penne Pasta Salad
2 c uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
1 c broccoli
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
Chefmate Kick'n Chick'n (this stuff is amazing)
red pepper flakes
(any other spices you want to throw in)
Cook the pasta according to directions. Strain and allow to cool slightly. Cook broccoli until soft (can steam or boil). Pour pasta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar into a bowl and combine (this works best with a set of tongs). Add a dash of each spice to taste.* Cut broccoli into smaller pieces and add to pasta. Store in fridge for an hour to cool (or take it with you).
*I used a about 1/4 tsp of oregano, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, Kick'n Chick'n, and rosemary.
It was so good after walking around the farm. Next time I'll make it earlier and chill it because I think it would have been even better that way. You can also add roasted red pepper, carrots or sauteed onions, but we didn't have time for that!
Try it next time you go on a picnic!