Last week was Mother’s Day and since our little one decided she still isn’t ready to come out, we invited some of our family over. There were some great deals on fruits and veggies, especially corn on the cob at the local grocery store. We served fruit salad, pasta salad, corn on the cob and a meat (which my husband grilled).
Lets start with the corn on the cob. After shucking all the corn, 8 ears, I placed them in a big pot of cold water and turned on the stove. The cold water tends to not have as many minerals in it like zinc, chlorine, etc. causing your food not to absorb it. I place a lid on the put and walk away so I can do the next thing. Though once the water starts to boil, I only let the corn boil in there for approximately 10 minutes so it doesn’t get over cooked. Then make sure you remove the corn from the water because even if you turn off the flame the water is still hot and cooking your corn. No one likes soggy ears!
While the corn is cooking, I chop up all my fruit and all my veggies and get my pasta onto the stove as well. Cold pasta works best for pasta salad so as soon as it’s a la dente, I place it in a colander and run cold water over it.
Recipe for Pasta Salad:
- 4 mini cucumbers (they were on sale for $1 for the pack)
- head of broccoli (also on sale for $1)
- 1/2 of the cooked pasta (saved the rest for meal prep during the week)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- 1/4 cup of bacon bits (I buy the big bag at Sam’s Club)
- Right before I serve it, I add the salad dressing. You can use any dressing you like, we prefer the olive oil and vinegar ones, about a cup will do, as long as everything gets coated.
Wondering what I did with that left over pasta? Well I reinvented my leftovers. We had leftover meat from the taco jars, then the left over pasta and some leftover cheese. A recipe will follow at a later date.
The fruit salad was quite easy and quite delicious! I cut up these massive strawberries I bought earlier in the week at Sam’s Club and added in some blackberries. I then squeezed a little lemon juice and grated some lemon over the top to give it a little zing!