Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pasta Salad: I wish I could quit you

(Am I allowed to make a Brokeback reference on what is largely a family-friendly blog?)


I have a recipe for you that will make you want to move to Idaho and become my best friend.

I know what you are thinking- but really, the potatoes are SUPER awesome around here, and Idahoans aren't ALL hicks.  A lot, but not ALL.  And the salad is worth it.

This heaping bowl of goodness was first made for me right after Isaac's birth by my good friend, Colleen. 
And we haven't been able to stop eating it since.

I am almost (if I wasn't so darn tired) willing to have another baby just so that Colleen will make me some more.

When I just started thinking about writing this post, I had to go to the store to get ingredients to make some more.  That is how strongly I feel about this pasta salad.

It is also, almost definitely, the answer to the question : why do I still feel so chubby and pregnant-ish when my baby is 4 months old?
I'm sure that it has a gazillon calories,
But, you know what else has calories?
And fruit.
And rice.
And chicken breasts.

So, here is my theory:
  If I cut out all of that other “healthy” junk, and just eat this pasta salad, pretzel m&ms (yes.), and s'mores, than I will actually start getting thin....  ish.

I also have some crest-whitestrip knockoffs burning my teeth right now, so maybe my smile will be such a dazzling shade of white that it will blind anyone before they can look down at my stomach/hip/thigh region?

Armed with those weight-loss theories, here you go:

(This recipe came out of the Taste of Home magazine, but I don't know what it is called.  So, for all intents and purposes, it will hereafter be referred to as:)

This is Why My Pants are Unbuttoned Pasta Salad

-Boil up a package of cheese tortellini.  I choose rainbow pasta because color makes it look a little healthier to me.  It is probably actually the opposite (food coloring, anyone?) but there you go.Drain it and dump it into a bowl.

-Throw in a container of MARINATED fresh mozzarella balls.

-Add a can of olives

-Dump in a jar of MARINATED artichoke hearts, quartered.  (I break these up into little chunks so that I have one in every bite.)

The original recipe had chopped up orange bell peppers in it, and it was delicious.  But remember that vegetables = calories, so I would throw in a few more cheese balls instead.

-Stir it on up with some pesto sauce to taste (I use about 3/4cup)and a glug of red wine vinegar.

Let it sit in your refrigerator for a few hours, and serve. 

Take bites out of the leftovers any time you feel like you can't survive being a mom for another minute.


I’ll meet you at the airport.


~~Mel~~ said...

Love this post...you totally crack me up!!! This recipe sounds delish...so gonna try it...or maybe I'll just fly there and you can make it for me ;)

ter@waaoms said...

it sound good... but I'd have to find a recipe for marinaded mozzarella. :) and artichokes. I usually get them plain so I can use them in many recipes. I'd rather get them fresh but I haven't figured out the trick yet. lol oh well.

septembermom said...

You're so funny. This sounds REALLY good :)

Nina said...

You are so funny! I always have a smile on my face after reading your blog. This sounds really yummy!!! I am going to have to give it a try.

You asked how Thomas was doing and he has continued to have random fevers. All tests were negative but I have not actually spoke with the doctor yet, just a nurse. It is frustrating but I am hoping it will all stop soon or we figure out what the problem seems to be.

Have a wonderful evening and enjoy that pasta salad.

Maureen said...

I can only HOPE we might be graced by the pasta salads presence on the 4th weekend!!!

Jenners said...

If it makes you think you would consider having another baby, it has GOTTA BE GOOD!

Jen said...

Totally getting my ticket. I'll be there in the morning. How do you feel about triplets? ;)

suzy said...

oh my gosh this post was hillarious! looks DELISH! enjoy every bite. mmmm