Summertime = BBQs, lake trips, concerts, festivals, farmers markets, bonfires and just fun events in general.
In a nutshell, lot's of food and socializing.
One of my favorite go-to dishes for summer events is pasta salad. It kind of screams BBQ, don't you think? I just love a good pasta salad with my burger and massive plate of fruit. Sit me by the pool and throw in a good book and i'm in heaven. Yepp - that right there is my happy place. BUT, of course I wanna find the healthiest option cuz modifying comfort foods/fattening dishes is kiiiiind of a hobby.
Normally i'm not one to go for the boxed option, but this particular one has brown, wild & red rice, quinoa, cranberries, almonds & a sweet/tangy vinaigrette. Aka everything you need to be happy. Legit if I made a pasta salad from scratch that's everything I'd put in it... With the addition of chicken/fish of course.
For this occasion I kept it REAAALLL simple and followed the recipe straight off the box. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? But if i'm feeling fancy I might:
- Quinoa is a complete protein which means it provides all nine essential amino acids necessary for good health.
- It's a nutritional powerhouse containing 8g of protein, 5g of fiber, 30% DV magnesium, 19% DV folate, 15% DV iron and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. (per cup)
- It's a gluten-free pasta substitute
Ta-da! Easy peasy andddd basically you'll be everyones favorite person at the potluck/bbq/party/etc.
What's your favorite summer dish? Do tell.
+ Many thanks to General Mills for sponsoring this post & encouraging me to try Suddenly Salad.