lunch

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

I am all for quick simple meals at the moment. It's a tricky time of year for one-pot meals though. No one wants to make a batch of chili or pot of soup when the weather is beginning to warm and we are all craving salads and fresh produce. I like this pasta salad recipe because it's filling with a relative hardiness, but also fulfills my needs for fresh veggies!

Three Bean Salad with Dried Cranberries and Celery

Three Bean Salad with Dried Cranberries and Celery

I like to make this salad the night before, allowing the garlic flavors to absorb into the beans. The dried cranberries add a nice sweet chewiness, which the celery and red pepper add a crunch. The dressing is a simple mixture of oil, balsamic, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Za'atar Roasted Carrot, Cauliflower and Chickpea Bowl with a Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Za'atar Roasted Carrot, Cauliflower and Chickpea Bowl with a Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Cauliflower, carrots, and chickpeas are such a good combination of flavors, and when they are roasted in some oil and spices, look out. I combined them with some fresh watercress, chopped avocado, and topped with a quick lemon yogurt sauce, and it was pretty much the best thing we ate all week.