Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sneek A Snack Sunday: Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

When I first had Blip I had the hardest time fitting in healthy food into my life. Between the lack of food, breastfeeding, not getting enough sleep, and recovering from an emergency c-section and toxemia I was a weak mess! I quickly learned that one of the most important things I could do for myself was make good food that I can easily eat during a nap time or while breastfeeding. Sneak a Snack Sunday will supply you with the easy recipes I love that are perfect for this purpose!

I have a weakness for Basil. I always have at least a small bunch in my kitchen and I usually grow it myself. Unfortunately my herb garden died when I had to go on bed rest during my pregnancy. I love the taste, the smell, and the life it brings to a number of dishes. Delicious!

My local Central Market sells fresh basil pesto that I love to play with. You could also use a homemade basil pesto, a great way to not let that overflow of Basil from your garden! Unfortunately I don't have a food processor yet. Pair this with great seasonal produce and quinoa for a great snack, lunch, or even a light summer dinner. I especially love this dish with cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, and shallots. I tend to play with the fresh produce I buy for dinners since I usually have some left over, better to use it then let it go to waste. I like to make this recipe the day I come home from the grocery store and keep it in the fridge for quck snacks and lunches instead of overly salty canned soup or a freezer dinners. And best off all easy to make with baby in the carrier since it has minimal stove work!

I'm not even writing it in recipe form since it is that easy!!! 

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad:
Cook your WholeGrain Quinoa as stated on the box. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a container sprinkle that quinoa with a little olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Sea salt adds a perfect crunch.

Chop your favorite fresh produce, preferably red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, shallots (or purple onion), and maybe mushrooms! Throw those into your pasta along with that perfectly perfect basil pesto. Mix all together and maybe add some Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.

Add a lid to the container and store in the fridge for the easyest qucick snack or lunch.

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