Monday, July 16, 2007

I've had better
--Quick Tortellini Salad

Quick Tortellini Salad
Pillsbury Complete Cookbook Copyright 2000, 2006

DRESSING (I doubled this since I had a larger bag of tortellini):
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 (9-ounce) pkg. refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini I used 16 oz frozen
1 cup sliced carrots
1 ½ cups frozen cut green beans
2 tablespoons slice green onions I used red onions

1. In jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well. Set aside.
2. Cook tortellini, carrots and green beans as directed on tortellini package until tortellini is tender and vegetables are crisp-tender. Drain; return to saucepan. Cover with cold water; let stand 5 minutes. Drain well.
3. Place tortellini, carrots and green beans in medium bowl; add onions. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat.

This was okay, not great. I cut the carrots too thick for my taste. I found the salad a bit bland besides the cheese tortellini component. I would have been better off freestyling this. I've definitely had better tortellini salad.

***UPDATE: I made this the night before we were actually going to eat it. I tasted it and posted about it and all day I thought about how disappointing it was going to be. So when I got home, I took out the carrots and sliced them into very thin slivers and added a spoonful of Hellman's to make it creamy. It was really, really good - even my husband commented on how good it was.***********

It's time to finalize my menu for my annual cookout and there are just too many options. I can't seem to narrow it down and streamline it. I hate making decisions.

I will be posting a new cookbook giveaway soon. Maybe tomorrow. Better late than never.

And now a public serving message:

BURGER KING SUCKS! I took my son there yesterday as a treat, so he could get one of those Transformer toys they've been advertising on the television every 5 minutes. It was dirty, the service was lousy, the food was lousy and THERE WERE NO TRANSFORMER TOYS! I can understand that they can run out of popular toys but they never told us they were out when I ordered, and then they tried to give him a girl's toy, saying that's all they had. Finally, they scraped up a boy's toy but not a Transformer. I mean, they can spend all that money on a national advertising campaign but the restaurant was a dump and they didn't even have the toys. Never again! (And I am not anti-fast food - I love McD's and Wendy's).

Blast From The Past: The Best Fried Rice from January 2006. This was really good fried rice but we're avoiding shellfish until my son is older. You can try it!

Question of the Day: Do you like any fast food? What's your favorite?


Randi said...

I like the Mexican fast casual food. Chipoltle and Baja Fresh. I really like Rubio's Baja grill but I think those are just on the west coast. I miss El Pollo Loco too. Our town only has a McDonald's, a KFC( I'd never eat there) and a Subway.

Anonymous said...

Just point me to most any fast food establishment and I'm all over it. Or WAS. Since I'm watching my diet, all I can get there lately are the salads or bunless whatevers. So, all the good times are gone. :(


bluechillies said...

We love McDonald's and they never run out of their toys. Burger King really does need to get it together. My girls were collecting the spongebob toys that they were handing out while the movie was coming out and they ran out 2 weeks into the promotion. It was suppose to be a 6 week promo.

Anonymous said...

McDonalds fries, Jack in the Box Tacos, and, guilty, KFC all dark meat buckets with mashed potatoes and biscuits (horrid I know!)
I'd write Burger King and complain.