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Twisted Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pasta/quinoa salad kit
  • 1 medium-sized yellow squash
  • 1 green zucchini squash
  • 1 can of sliced olives
  • 32 oz vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • 6-8 oz blueberries
  • 4 hot dogs

Directions:

  1. Begin cooking the pasta/quinoa salad kit according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta salad is cooking, wash and dry a medium sized yellow squash and green zucchini squash; and, drain and rinse one can of sliced olives.
  3. Finish preparing the pasta salad according to package directions and then let cool while the remainder of the meal is prepared.
  4. In a large bowl, gently mix together 1- 32 oz. container of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt and 6-8 oz. of blueberries.
  5. Cook 4 hot dogs as desired (boiled or grilled—according to package instructions).
  6. Add the cut up vegetables and drained, sliced olives to the pasta salad kit.
  7. On each plate, serve one hotdog in a bun (if desired, warm the buns in the microwave for 8 seconds each) and ¼ of the quinoa pasta salad. Serve the yogurt/berries in a small bowl.

Notes:

  • Experiment mixing in your favorite vegetables and carry the pasta salad to your next office party or picnic.
  • If hot dogs are not your thing, substitute a grilled hamburger made with 90 percent lean ground beef on a whole wheat bun.
  • Cook a frozen stir-fry blend of vegetables and mix into the salad kit and serve warm with your favorite type of lean beef.
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