Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rotini Mozzarella Pasta Salad

I got this recipe idea from a grocery store near my house. They make a similar pasta salad that my husband loves, but the problem is that its pretty expensive. So I decided I would come up with a similar recipe and make it the way I like it for a lot cheaper. I recommend letting it sit for at least a day because it is a lot better a day or two later. This recipe makes a lot, around 10 servings. Its a great pasta salad for barbeques or potlucks.

Rotini Mozzarella Pasta Salad

1 block mozzarella cheese
1 small container cherry tomatoes
1 small can black olives (sliced)
1 small container of green olives (sliced)
1 head fresh broccoli
1 ½ cups Italian dressing
 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp  salad supreme seasoning
½ tsp salt and pepper
12 oz. multi-colored rotini pasta

Cut entire block of mozzarella cheese into large cubes, set aside

Boil water 

Add noodles and cook until tender but not too soft. (A little firm but cooked more than al dente)

Drain and rinse in cold water, set aside

Rip off broccoli florets and add to pasta

Add half of the container of cherry tomatoes to pasta

Drain black/green olives and add half of each can of olives to the pasta

Add 1 cup Italian dressing, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, salad seasoning and salt and pepper (save the remainder of Italian dressing and olive oil for later)


Refrigerate covered 12 hours

Add remaining Italian dressing and olive oil and toss

Refrigerate covered another 6-12 hours

(Running short on time? Leave it in the refrigerator uncovered for as long as possible.) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pan Fried Zucchini Parmesan

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After adding a lot of my favorite recipes to this blog, I am surprised I forgot about this one! This recipe was passed down to me from my mother in law and is a Petersen favorite. I make a vegetable side dish with all of our dinners (you need those 8 servings a day right!), so I like finding new ways to "jazz" up vegetables for dinner, and this recipe does just that. If you like zucchini and are looking for a good, easy, zucchini recipe, this is a great side dish for dinner for two, or if you are having a dinner party.

Pan Fried Zucchini Parmesan

4 whole zucchinis
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs butter
1 cup sliced yellow onion
1 Tbs parmesan cheese
 Dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder

Cut ends off of zucchini and discard

Slice zucchini into ½ inch slices and place in a bowl

Slice 1 cup yellow onion and add to the bowl

Add butter and salt, pepper, and garlic powder


Meanwhile add oil to a deep frying pan and then preheat

Once the pan is hot empty the contents of the bowl into the pan

Cook on medium to low heat until zucchini is soft and brown

Top with  Parmesan cheese 

Serve and enjoy!

(Makes about 4 servings)