Greek Pasta Salad

I am NOT adventurous when it comes to cooking and trying new foods.  So the fact that I made this pasta salad AND liked it is still a miracle in my mind.

My family has recently discovered Penzey Spices. This spice store will overwhelm your senses; I’ve been known to sniff a few too many spices and seasonings and end up in a sneezing fit.  There is a great variety of sodium free options, although this recipe was not inspired by one.  This recipe was inspired by the Greek Seasoning: a traditional blend of lemon, garlic, and oregano.

This past Sunday was a warm and cloudless day that was perfect for sitting outside while grilling and catching up with family.  I wanted to make a contribution to the meal so I decided to be inspired by a seasoning.  I found a great Greek Salad Dressing recipe from Penzey and added it to a pasta salad.  Here is the recipe and proof of my actual cooking:

Greek Salad Dressing:

Mix 2 Tablespoons Greek Seasoning with 2 Tablespoons water and let it stand for 5 minutes
Add 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup salad oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tablespoons water, and 1 Teaspoon sugar
Stir the dressing into cooked Rotini Noodles
Let the noodles cool before adding in Black Olives and Feta Cheese as you desire

Feel free to add in other veggies or cheeses to your pasta salad.  Black Olives and Feta Cheese were as adventurous as I was willing to get.  And honestly, I picked MOST of my Black Olives out.  I tried a few though, so I’m calling it a win! ENJOY!


Crock Pot Taco Dip

This time of year Crock Pot recipes are my absolute favorite!  They are super easy and I always end up with leftovers to last a few days.  I recently discovered my new favorite Crock Pot recipe: Taco Dip.  There are so many different ways to spice up taco dip that everyone can make it to their liking.

Here are the basics:

  • Crock Pot (obviously)
  • 32oz Velveeta cheese
  • 2 pkgs Taco Seasoning
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • Tortilla Chips

Stir-In Options:

  • Salsa
  • Refried Beans
  • Black Olives
  • Tomato
  • Avacado
  • Sour Cream

The steps to making Taco Dip are simple: brown your ground beef over medium heat.  Add the taco seasoning after draining out the grease. Fill your Crock Pot with the seasoned beef, cubed Velveeta cheese, and the remainder of your Stir-In Options.  Keep your Crock Pot on low heat for two hours, stirring occasionally.  Turn the heat up to high right before serving and you’re done!

I love recipes like this for days I have a lot of household work to do.  It’s easy to keep an eye on the Taco Dip while doing laundry, cleaning dishes, dusting, or even setting out Holiday decorations.