Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Cleaning

"Spring Cleaning"
by Susan Reiner

March bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in.

Raid Your Pantry Tonight-Spring-clean your cupboard for a fast meal made with convenient ingredients on hand. 
Who could resist not paying attention to this article. Don't we all need to clean out the refrig and pantry from time to time?
Be creative with what you have on hand.  I will give you a basic recipe and go from there. 
Mix'N Match Spring Pasta Toss
Cook's notes: This recipe was inspired from BHG April 2014. I used fresh mint as a garnish.
  • 3 cups  cooked pasta 
  • 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced red peppers
  • 1/2 cup green onions diced 
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken. diced
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar snap peas or asparagus spears, cut in 2 inch pieces
  • feta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1/3 cup black olives diced
  • bottled Greek dressing (I tested with Ken's Steak House Greek Dressing)
  • Toss all ingredients except dressing
  • Sprinkle with spices
  • Add enough dressing to moisten ingredients 
  • Chill for an hour


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