Feb 02, 2016



It’s supposed to snow in Minnesota today.  I love snow, but so far this year, whenever it’s predicted to be a big storm, it ends up being a measly 2 inch snowfall.  Meh.


This is Minnesota, dammit.  I want piles and piles of snow outside my door.  I want to spend hours outside shoveling my driveway, have the plow drive by and spend another 40 minutes re-shoveling the end of my driveway.  I want my dogs to grow snowballs in their fur after jumping through snowdrifts.  I want to lose my kids in the backyard for a bit while they make an epic fort.


Here’s hoping that today’s rumored storm actually delivers.  Until that happens, let’s channel a Minnesota summer filled with pasta salad.  This is a very easy dish that you can make year round and in no time at all.  I load up on the veggies so the boys get their required vegetable intake in 1 bowl and I don’t have to make anything else, this 1 bowl covers everything.  All you need to do is cook the noodles, cut up a couple of veggies and stir it up.  Simple.  And because sometimes the laziest of meals are the yummiest.


What you’ll need:

1 box of rotini noodles, cooked

8-10 oz of Italian dressing

1 cup baby carrots, chopped

1 large head of broccoli, chopped

10.5 oz container of baby tomatoes, I used Golden Sunburst

1- 6 oz package of pepperoni



Cook the box of pasta according to the directions on the box.  Make sure you salt the water, unsalted noodles are less flavorful.  Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water until no longer hot.  Add noodles to a large bowl.  Chop up carrots until you have 1 cup, add to bowl.  Chop up 1 head of broccoli, make sure the pieces are small enough to stab with a fork and eat, add to bowl.  Add entire container of tomatoes and pepperoni.  Pour in 8-10 oz of Italian dressing and stir to evenly coat the noodles and vegetables.  Chill before serving.



Poof, you’re done.  We eat this year round and the boys really like it.  The pepperoni adds a little spice while the veggies keep it fresh.   And whether is snows 3 feet or not, Pepperoni & Veggie Pasta Salad is a yummy dinner that takes little effort and is what it’s like to win at life.  Boom.