Monday, May 21, 2012

Pasta Salad With Pumpkin Seeds

I found a recipe I wanted to try and lost it. I remembered it had pumpkin seeds, so I used those and made up the rest.
I'm not one on measurements because it all depends on how much you are making and what you want. That being said ...
Boil the noodles for your pasta salad. What type of noodle is up to you. After you have cooked them let them cool off. I poured some extra virgin olive oil over mine so they wouldn't stick together. Then I added the following ingredients:
roasted and salted pumpkin seeds (I threw in about 2 handfuls to start with.)
green pepper
red onion
roasted corn (from the grill - cut off of the cob after you have roasted them)
peppers (I picked from the garden and I'm not sure what kind they were exactly because I lost the tags. Does it matter anyway? I used 2 different kinds.)
fresh basil
fresh oregeno
sea salt
Italian salad dressing
(Consider more pumpkin seeds!)
You can serve this cold or heated. Feta cheese in it would be good also.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Garden

I do not have a raised bed garden, but everything is in pots. So even if you do not have a yard you can still garden! My garden has: thyme, sweet basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, oregano, green peppers, banana peppers, black peppers, egg plant, and some other sort of pepper ... I'm not sure as I lost the label for that pot! I highly suggest you try growing at least your own herbs for cooking. I use the basil for salads as well as Italian cooking. If you use your herbs for a red sauce, you will need to use more than you think is necessary.
If you want to start small I would suggest the sweet basil and use it in your salads.