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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

So sorry for my hiatus from the blog – sometimes life just gets in the way. And by life, I mean grad school applications – yeesh! All my applications are submitted (*fingers crossed*) so now it’s time to get back to the kitchen.

This recipe is a cinch to make. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or party, or you can munch on it all week long. I use a mix of fresh and marinated veggies, plus plenty of lemon juice and lots of feta. Enjoy!



  • 1 lb. bowtie pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • Half a red onion, sliced
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 jar sundried tomatoes, with oil
  • 1/4 cup of sliced kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 oz crumbled feta
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons 
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil





While pasta is boiling, chop veggies. For the cucumber, I peeled the skin of in strips to maintain some of the green color. Spoon out the seeds with a spoon, then chop.



Cut the marinated veggies into bite size pieces.


Drain the pasta, and rinse under cold water. Mix with vegetables, and add feta, lemon juice, and olive oil. I also used some of the oil that the sundried tomatoes were marinated in. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Serve cold or room temperature.


Sloppy Joes

Sometimes, we like to make a meal that’s highly nostalgic – for instance, sloppy joes! In this recipe, we ditch the canned Manwich and make a savory and sweet sloppy joe in the crock pot. Plus, we make it much leaner with ground turkey instead of beef. This is a meal kids and adults are sure to love.

Makes 6-8 servings.

  • 1.5-2 lbs ground turkey (or beef, if you prefer)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 3 Tb. of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tb. of hot sauce
  • 2 Tb. of mustard
  • 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 
  • Hamburger buns

Chop vegetables. Saute bell pepper, celery, and onions about 5 minutes in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add garlic and saute for one minute.


Add ground turkey, and cook until browned.


Transfer the turkey and sauteed vegetables into your slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients (until hamburger buns) into the slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours.
IMG_3650After 8 hours, it should look like this:


Toast your hamburger buns, and top with the sloppy joe. Enjoy!