Easy and Edible (not to mention Excellent)

Ever had one of those days when you open the fridge to see if there is anything good to eat for lunch, decide there isn’t , close the fridge, then open it again five minutes later as if something different has magically appeared? Well, I have discovered that pasta salad is the cure for this problem!! You can put whatever you want in it because almost all veggies will taste good with pasta and a little bit of dressing. So one day after coming home from cross country practice starving I came up with a pasta salad  that is not only but mighty tasty (not to toot my own horn) but healthy too.

Step One:

Stir together ½ cup chopped onion, 6 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. honey and a pinch of black pepper in a medium sized bowl.

Step Two:

Dice one yellow pepper and add to the bowl.

Step Three:

Quarter a ½ cup of cherry or grape tomatoes.

Step Four:

Slice one avocado into bite-size pieces and feed the pit to your worms. Wait just one teeny second. You don’t have worms? YOU DON’T HAVE WORMS!!!!!!!!!!! What are you thinking? You seriously need to get some worms for that compost bin of yours (they keep it from smelling and eat their weight in garbage every day). Hold up, did you seriously say what I think you just said? Did you really say that you have no compost bin?? Why don’t you just get a job with BP and help them kill our Earth, seriously it would be easier, they’ve already hurt the ocean. You can start making our Earth overrun by dumps!!! (That would be Italian guilt; I learned it from my grandmother.)

Where was I?

Step Five:

Cook ½ cup orzo until, well, until it’s done! If you don’t like pasta, I suppose I’ll have to let you use something else, like penne or bow-ties.

Step Six:

Mix it all together and sit down and enjoy a bowl, unless you prefer to just stare at it, you could do that too.

Live, laugh, love, bake,


P.S. Drop what you are doing and go get a compost bin and some worms, now. Or else.


18 thoughts on “Easy and Edible (not to mention Excellent)

  1. You’ll be glad to know my landlords have a compost pile. I faithfully take out my banana peels, avocado pits, wilted lettuce, egg shells — you know the drill. But we don’t have worms here. Perhaps you know where I could get some?

  2. Another option other than hash… I like it.

    My 10 year old daughter has been after me about getting worms for the compost pile. Guess it’s time.

  3. Marley, I’ve re-introduced myself to your blog and I have just one question: why was I not reading all along?!?!?! I, too, am a lover of pasta salad, but you’ve thrown in things I never thought of and will give a try!! It’s early here, 7:30 on a Saturday, but I’ve got Ryan out in the garden digging those worms and we going to resurrect our old compost pile!! Love your writing!

  4. The Italian guilt works everytime- nice job Marley ;
    Liz- we have plenty of worms to share when Ryan tires of digging- just let us know!

  5. Hey Marley,

    I have lots of garlic, basil and fresh tomatoes, and am on a really low budget until the new school year’s paychecks start coming in. I love pesto, but have never made it, and I want to use the tomatoes before they are past their best time. Any suggestions?

    Love you.

    1. I suggest bruschetta. Dice up the tomatoes with lots, lots, lots of garlic and basi, add some olive oil and put it on toast with some parmesan cheese on top. It goes perfectly with chef’s salad (lettuce, tomatoes, walnuts, maybe some snow peas or a cucumber, a little cheese and a vinegrette dressing). Love you back!

  6. Wow! Who needs a cook book when you have a friend like you!!! You are so many things – great baby sitter, actress, friend to many and an amazing writer!!! And so young you are – I’m impressed!

  7. Marley, you crack me up! All I’m going to say is, after seeing us twice in the past two weeks, you can see how much it takes to juggle two little kids, I hope you can forgive me for not having worms or a compost pile. I promise, the DAY Eva turns three, the first thing I will do is resurrect my compost pile. Love you!! Keep ’em coming!

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