Debbie`s Pasta Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 bag shells or gemelli pasta
1 chopped green onion, diced, tops & all
1 handful frozen peas
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise, adjust to taste
Seasoned salt, to taste
Mrs Dash, to taste (salt free herb and spice blend)
ground pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta and carrots according to the directions on the pasta bag.

Drain and run cold water over the pasta, turning it with your hands or a big spoon to cool it quicker. Mix the pasta and all other ingredients together, taste to see if you need more mayonnaise or seasoned salt. Start with a shake or 2 of each of the seasonings and then judge from there.

Chicken, ham or seafood can be added also or any other “leftover” vegetables, like broccoli, cucumbers, black olives etc…or chunks of cheese. Its very simple, but very good. Be creative, you can make it a little different every time, using just what you have on hand, but the recipe above is pretty much my “starter” salad. I have added chopped, boiled egg, but I’m not crazy about eggs so I prefer it without them, though they do add a certain creaminess. My favorite is just the above with a small can of albacore tuna (packed in water), very well drained.

With a little French bread, its a favorite lunch of mine to take to work.

This recipe for Debbie`s Pasta Salad serves/makes 4.

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Bow Tie Chicken Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pound chicken breasts, cut in strips
1 small package bow tie pasta, cook according to directions and set aside
8 ounces package sun dried tomatoes, Julienne cut
2 small cans sliced black olives
2/3 cup Black Walnuts
***Dressing***

2/3 cup olive oil, extra virgin
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
basil, freshly chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together all ingredients for dressing. Using 1/3 cup of the dressing, saute chicken until done; drain. Mix pasta, tomatoes, black olives and black walnuts with chicken. Stir in remaining dressing.

This recipe for Bow Tie Chicken serves/makes 6.

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Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pound chicken strips or tenders
1 1/3 cup French’s. French-Fried Onions
1 (12 oz. jar) Alfredo sauce
or
1 can condensed Cream of Chicken soup PLUS”PLUS” means this ingredient in addition to the one on the next line, often with divided uses
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas — thawed
2 tablespoons bacon bits
Hot cooked pasta

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet until hot. Stir-fry chicken until browned. Stir in 2/3 cup French’s. French-Fried Onions and remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over pasta. Top with remaining onions.

This recipe for Easy Chicken Alfredo serves/makes 6.

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