Thursday, May 13, 2010

Salami Pasta Salad

I love pasta salad! I got a new magazine by Taste of Home called "Great American Cookout" and it has a lot of great recipes in it. I found this pasta salad recipe and made it for Mother's Day/My Mom's Birthday and it was good!
Salami Pasta Salad
  • Three cups uncooked medium tube pasta (I used a 1 pound box of Rigatoni, more than three cups, but I like for the sauce to spread out and not take over)
  • 8 ounces hard salami, cubed
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • **I added one diced tomato to this recipe. I thought it could use it and we liked it!

In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl; add salami, parsley and onions (and tomatoes :).

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and seasonings. Drizzle over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, stir in Parmesan Cheese.



Happy Cooking!~

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Add Fiber to Your Diet!

Are you one of those "afternoon snackers"? I know I am. If not, what is your weakness? Are you an emotional snacker? How about boredome? I even snack when I haven't had enough sleep!
I have often heard that adding fiber to your diet really helps stave off hunger and makes you feel fuller longer. I have always heard that getting 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day helps with weight loss since fiber takes longer to digest.
I have tried many different types of fiber rich products. One of the products I have tried is the high fiber bars. I do not prefer those. They are loaded with sugar and do not seem to help keep me feeling full like they should.
My favorite item to eat that adds fiber to the diet is these tortillas. They have a whopping 12 grams of fiber. That is a lot of fiber in one serving and helps get me through the day. With 18 grams of carbs, the net carb count goes down to 6 since you subtract the fiber. That is a win win for blood sugar also!
Here is a recipe I found on the La Tortilla Factory website. They have many more. Check out their site for recipes and a list of stores where they are sold. What do you do with tortillas that is creative? Do you have any secret weapon that seems to get you through your "snack attacks"?

Recipe Card Cobb Salad Low Carb Wrap
Featured Recipe Product:

La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Low Carb Large Size Tortillas™
1 oz garlic & herb cream cheese
Romaine lettuce
1 oz fresh chopped tomatoes
1 oz black olives sliced
1 oz chopped bacon
½ oz crumbled blue cheese
3 slices avocado
3 oz sliced turkey
1.Spread cream cheese over entire tortilla.
2.Add one large leaf of Romaine lettuce.
3.Sprinkle chopped bacon over lettuce.
4.Top with chopped tomatoes, sliced olives and crumbled blue cheese.
5.Layer sliced avocado and turkey in the middle.
6.Roll tightly. Serve as Wrap sandwiches or cut into 1 inch thick pieces for a perfect party tray!
Happy Wrapping!
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