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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!

 

Ingredients

  • 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

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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.

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Cut the marinated veggies into bite size pieces.

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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.

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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.

Ingredients:
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.

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Add ground turkey, and cook until browned.

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