I made a pasta salad tonight that is so easy, quick, and tasty, it's going in the cookbook. It's the most pathetic, simple "recipe" ever, so I'm including it now -- a "freebie" for you all! Test away and give me feedback!
Greek-ish Pasta 'n Veg Salad
1 cup dry whole wheat pasta shape of your choice (I used fusilli)
1 cup no-salt added canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup quartered water-packed artichoke hearts
1 cup sliced and quartered cucumber
1 cup quartered mushrooms (such as button or cremini)
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes (or seeded, chopped tomato of your choice)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (prepared or homemade)
1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse it well under cold water. Give it a couple of good shakes to get most of the water out of it.
2. Combine everything and fold it gently until the vinaigrette is evenly distributed. Eat.
If you are so inclined, feel free to add some olives and/or feta to this as well.
I just had a big bowlful -- a nice bedtime snack, if you ask me!