Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fresh Veggies and Pasta Salad with #LaRomanella (sponsored post)

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Last weekend I felt like everywhere I turned, someone was posting, tweeting, or sharing about some down and dirty junk food for the big Super Bowl game. And by down and dirty, I really mean sinfully delicious.  I was totally leaning towards going out and grabbing us a pizza, or subs with chips and dip, but then I decided the heck with traditional junk food on game day. I was going to run out and grab a few things and make us a healthy, and totally satisfying dinner.

I bought a few of my favorite #LaRomanella products from Smart & Final, products that me and my family have enjoyed using. (A few months ago I even made an awesome Mediterranean Inspired Pizza with some of the La Romanella products.) I really like the organic pastas they have, their extra virgin olive oil, and our house pretty much always keeps grated parmesan cheese on hand.
I used plenty of fresh vegetables that we had at home… 1/2 of a red onion, 2 red bell peppers, 1 orange, yellow, and green bell pepper, and one zucchini.
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I diced all of the vegetables up, and then cooked my bow tie pasta. I decided to leave my vegetables raw, similar to how a cold pasta salad is. 

Once my pasta was done cooking, I drained it and immediately added all of my veggies to the big pot of pasta.
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I stirred everything together, and then added 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
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After I added the olive oil I added some parmesan cheese (about 1/2 a cup), and some dried herbs and seasonings (1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1 teaspoon of basil, 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder).
The heat from the cooked pasta warmed up the fresh vegetables, and allowed them to cook just a bit.
I really enjoyed the pasta salad warm, with the raw vegetables. I felt like it was so much better than grabbing a few slices of pizza, or a few handful of chips. Not that I don’t do that plenty of other times.  This pasta salad really just made me feel like I did good for the day. Ever eat meals, where you think that?
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Smart & Final really does carry some great products from La Romanella.  And if you end up buying some La Romanella products from them, you definitely have to  go to so you can enter the code on your receipt from your purchase of La Romanella products and be entered to win some amazing prizes!
**First Prize: a weekend trip to one of the most luxurious Italian inspired resorts in Las Vegas! Additional prizes include: (8) $50 SmartCash cards (2 per week given away).

***PLUS***  While you are there on the La Romanella site ( ) you  can vote for your favorite La Romanella blogger recipe. The blogger recipe with the most votes each week will win a $100 SmartCash card!  (You don’t know how much my family would love that! It would be basically mean free groceries for a week or more for us four.)

If you'd like to see more of the #LaRomanella products that Smart & Final carries, you can head to my Google+ album

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Amy @ The Mom Hood said...

I love it when I find a great pasta salad recipe - not only are they perfect for summer when you don't want a hot dish, but they are great for anytime when you need a quick meal. Looks delicious!