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Personalized Pasta Salad

We’ve had a really busy Summer.  There’s the usual work schedule… but there’s also been dance, drill team and sports practices, driver’s ed, and band camp.  Plus, a handful of various appointments and committee meetings.

When we get really busy and are all headed in different directions at different times it’s good to have quick, easy, and healthy meals ready to go.  A favorite of ours this Summer has been personalized pasta salads.

It’s more of a recipe idea instead of an actual recipe and it’s really quite simple.  We make a big bowl of plain pasta to keep in the refrigerator… along with all sorts of things to mix in with the pasta and different bottled salad dressings.

Personalized Pasta Salad Ingredients

Then, whenever we need a quick meal, we can each make a personalized pasta salad to our liking.  Just and some pasta to a bowl, add our favorite mix ins, and stir with our dressing of choice.

Personalized Pasta Salad

Here are some of our favorite things to have on hand:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Ham chunks
  • Pepperoni
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrot chips
  • Peas
  • Hard cooked eggs
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Red onions
  • Shredded cheese or cheese chunks
  • Leaf spinach
  • Olives

What would you add to make the perfect “Personalized Pasta Salad”?

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Memory Monday – Happy Joe’s

I’ve written before about how certain smells bring back memories for me.  Well, it happened tonight while I was making supper.  It was “Family Omelet Night” and I had everyone else’s made and was putting mine together.

In my “fixins” pan I was heating up some ham, onions, mushrooms, and fresh jalapenos and tomatoes from our garden.

Peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham, & tomato in a frying pan

The smell of those particular ingredients cooking together reminded me of what the inside of Happy Joes Pizza smelled like when I was a kid.

I don’t ever remember eating at Happy Joes Pizza with my family. Our usual family pizza joint was Pizza Hut.  That’s where we went when we weren’t eating at Bonanza for the salad bar.

Happy Joes is linked in my memory to birthday parties with friends! I know I went to several.  They had a special window with stairs so kids could watch the pizzas being made.  I thought that was so cool.

The other thing that I remember about Happy Joes is they had a small section of candy with suckers the size of softballs.  I never got one of those rainbow colored suckers… but I do remember getting a Jolly Rancher candy stick a few times. Fire is/was my favorite.

Our omelets tonight were awesome but I’ll admit that after smelling the ham, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and tomatoes cooking I kind of wanted Happy Joes Pizza!

Do you have a Happy Joes Pizza memory?

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