Thursday Night Menu: Pasta Salad and Cookies Edition

I don’t know about you, but my plan for the weekend is to be outdoors as much as possible and to cook as little as possible. With that in mind, tonight’s menu can be made ahead of time and served at the end of a busy day. The salad is sort of a Greek take on a macaroni salad and the apples add a nice flavor to a favorite cookie. What are your plans for the weekend? Anything adventurous?

On the board tonight:

  1. Tangy Pasta Salad
  2. Artisan Bread
  3. Oatmeal-Apple Cookies

Tangy Pasta Salad

  • 10 oz dry rotini pasta, cooked, drained, chilled
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon or stone-ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 oz fresh basil
  • 4 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 4 oz Kalamata (Greek green) olives
  • 4 oz shredded parmesan
  • 2 oz crumbled Feta
  • 8 oz diced cooked chicken, ham, or smoked turkey (opt)

serving bowl, bowl and saucepan

In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, pepper, garlic & dried basil. Slowly whisk in oil. To serving bowl, add pasta, fresh basil, spinach, tomatoes, olives, parmesan, opt. ham and toss with dressing. Garnish with crumbled feta.

Oatmeal-Apple Cookies

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats (long cooking)
  • 1 apple, finely chopped or shredded (peeling optional – I never peel it)

baking sheet & bowl

In bowl, cream together butter & sugar, add egg, water and mix well. Add cinnamon, vanilla, soda and flour. Slowly mix in oats until well blended. Stir in apple pieces. Drop onto cookie sheet.  EDIT: Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden.  Makes 24 cookies.

Shopping List:

  • Artisan Bread
  • 10 oz dry rotini pasta
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 oz fresh basil
  • 4 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 4 oz Kalamata (Greek green) olives
  • 4 oz shredded parmesan
  • 2 oz crumbled Feta
  • 8 oz diced cooked chicken, ham, or smoked turkey (opt)
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats (long cooking)
  • 1 apple (sweet)

Also: red wine vinegar, Dijon or stone-ground mustard, pepper, crushed garlic, dried basil, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Night Menu: Pasta Salad and Cookies Edition

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  2. Kristine, thanks for the catch. I corrected it and added the time and temp in the recipe (350 for 12 minutes). You know I have at least 1 recipe tester, often 2 and yet we still manage to forget baking times. I take full responsibility, I’m usually typing while I’m baking and get ahead of myself. 😦

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  3. No prob, and thanks. I wanted to make sure because I really want to make these. I have some King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour that has been working really well in baked goods, and some Bob’s Red Mill extra thick rolled oats. I like to kid myself that cookies are healthy, but it’s hard to beat a good oatmeal cookie.

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  4. I love Bob’s Red Mill products. I’ve used them for years, didn’t know his story and then saw a tv segment on him and now I love his stuff even more. Let me know how the cookies turn out.

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