**This is a non-beauty related post so feel free to skip it if you'd like**
I grew up in a family that ate extremely healthy all the time and because I danced almost 7 days a week, I was in very good shape. However, when I quit smoking almost 4 years ago, I gained weight instantly. It felt like I went to bed one size and woke up the next morning a completely different size. It was a hard adjustment and it's been very difficult to shed the weight I gained at that point. However, I've been eating well, exercising and am very proud to say that my wedding dress is already a size too big!
I have been making a lot of fantastic salads for work lately and wanted to share one of my newest faves. So, here's the recipe.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad
1 lb. whole wheat fusili or rotini pasta (I used fusili but think it would be better with rotini)
1 cup walnuts, toasted (my walnuts were not toasted and it still tasted great)
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup red onion, diced
3 cups baby spinach, torn
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 cloves of garlic
2 tsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper
Step 1: Cook pasta according to box directions, drain well and rinse in cold water. Put cooling pasta aside.
Step 2: Mix together the oil, vinegar, mustard and garlic.
Step 3: In a very large bowl, mix together spinach, feta cheese, sun-dried tomato, onion and walnuts.
Step 4: Once pasta is cool, mix pasta, greens and dressing together.
Step 5: ENJOY!!
The hardest part of this recipe is sticking to a normal portion size. Happy eating ladies and let me know how the recipe turns out for you!