And there was more fun to be had this past weekend since we had some friends over for a cookout. We had quite a few things but I'm just going to share a few of the recipes for time's sake.
This time I decided to do something non-traditional with my pasta salad. There's nothing wrong with serving traditional pasta salad, potato salad, cole slaw, etc. But doesn't that get a little boring? So, I tried something different and added a southwestern flair. I had been meaning to try this recipe for quite some time since so many people were recommending it. I'm actually not sure where it came from so I didn't include my source. I really liked it. But the verdict is that my "other pasta salad" is still better, the more traditional one.
Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad
1 lb wagon wheel pasta
1- 14 3/4 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 10-oz package frozen corn, let thaw a bit
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
8 oz shredded mexican-blend cheese
1.5 cups salsa
1/2 cup olive oil
3-4 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp cumin
1-2 tsp chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 avocado diced
Cook pasta. drain and rinse with cold water.
In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa and cheese. Toss with the pasta and mix well.
In another bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder. Pour dressing over pasta salad. Add cilantro and avocado right before serving, mix well. season with salt and pepper
I made a casserole also to the tune of a southwest theme. This one I had made before and liked. Also, it's so easy!
Corn Casserole (I don't remember where this one came from either or if I made it up way back when)
1 cup biscuit mix
1-14.5 oz yellow cream corn
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large egg, beaten
½ cup milk
1-4 oz can chopped green chilis
6 oz Monterey Jack cheese, sliced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine first five ingredients.
Spread ½ mixture in greased 8X8 pan.
Sprinkle with chilis and cover with sliced cheese.
Add remainder over top of chili/cheese.
Bake 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.