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For Brunchby Adrian T. Cheng
For brunch, we always prefer a meal that’s neither light or heavy. Some people might find a green salad too light but a pasta dish too heavy. Combine these two dishes and you’ll have the perfect brunch meal – one that would satisfy your appetite just right!
Here are 3 quick and healthy pasta recipes perfect for brunch:
Italian-Style Cold Pasta Salad
What you need:
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 2 cucumbers, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 3/4 cups rotini pasta
- 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
- 3/4 cup pitted black olives, sliced
Cook rotini pasta to al dente in a large pot of lightly salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta in a colander and place under cool running water in the sink to cool. When ready, mix together rotini pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, black olives and Italian-style salad dressing in a large salad bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Delicious Mac-Tuna Salad
What you need:
- 3 cups macaroni
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup Italian-style salad dressing
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook macaroni to al dente according to package instructions. Drain and place in a large salad bowl along with Italian-style salad dressing. Stir to coat pasta with dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready, add celery, onion, tuna, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, garlic powder and black pepper to the bowl. Mix ingredients well. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
What you need:
- 1/2 kilogram sliced bacon
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cups medium seashell pasta
- 1 1/2 cups light Ranch-style salad dressing
Cook seashell pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain, rinse under cool running water then set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until brown and crispy. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Mix together tomatoes, onion and Ranch-style salad dressing in a large salad bowl. Add cooked and pasta to the bowl and mix to coat with dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight. Crumble bacon over pasta salad before serving.
If you want to enjoy a quick yet healthy pasta salad for your next brunch, any of these recipes will surely get your approval!
Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger who promotes healthy eating. He has written numerous posts and articles about natural herbs and spices, shared countless of delicious and healthy recipes and reviewed kitchen accessories that are affordable yet of quality. You can view Adrian’s posts about going green and other nutrition tips and tricks [http://www.kuisiware.com/] on his page.
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Selecting ripe fruit is easy if you know what to look for. These tips will help you select ripe fruit that is ready to be taken home and eaten.
If white grapes are ripe they will have a yellow tint to them. Red grapes will have a deep color and every grape will be about the same shade. While still in the store shake the grape stalk. If more than a grape or two fall off they are overripe and will not taste as good.
The skin of the kiwi should be free from bruises. Softly press on the kiwi and if it gives slightly it is ripe. If you are able to push into this fruit and it has a mushy feel then it is no longer good.
To select a ripe apple look at the skin of the apple. It should be free from bruises and nicks. Apples with a lot of green, besides the Granny Smith apples, are not ripe. The apple should be firm to the touch as well. It should not feel hard but it should not have a mushy texture either.
There is an easy way to tell if an orange is ripe. Run your hands around the fruit. It should have a plump feel to it. The surface of the orange will be smooth. It should also feel heavy when held. If the orange passes the above testing then give it a light squeeze. The fingers should be able to bounce back without a problem. The orange should have an oval shape. It if is too round then the orange is under ripe and will have a bitter taste.
To tell if this fruit is ripe look at the color. If there is some green on the fruit that means that it is not ripe. Give the tangerine a light squeeze. Like the orange, if the fruit is ripe, it will bounce back and will not be mushy. The tangerine should also have a bit of a heavy feeling to it as well.
To find the best strawberries; they should be plump, have a deep red color, and be shiny. The cap should be securely attached. The berries should be medium sized since they will contain less water than larger berries. Avoid berries that are green or have a pale color to them.
These berries will not be glossy and will have a little bit of a dull look when they are ripe. The best time for blackberries is the midsummer. The berries should be plump and dark.
Blueberries are at their best from June to August. When purchasing these berries they should be blue in color and should not even have a tint of red to them. The berries will have a bit of a silver look that is shimmery. That means they are ready and at their peak. These berries will not continue to ripen once they are picked so it is important to select carefully when purchasing them.
When looking for a ripe plum it should be heavy, but it should not be too soft. If the plum is very soft it is overripe. When squeezing the plum it should have a little bit of a give to it and not be mushy. The plum should also have a deep color.
Cherries will have a deep, almost black, color when they are ripe. The cherry should be firm to the touch. It will also be juicy when bitten into. The stem should be firmly attached to the cherry but it should twist off without a problem.
Avocados have become very popular over the past couple of years. They are full of healthy fatty acids that are good for the body. When purchasing a ripe avocado there are some things to look for. The avocado should have a very deep color, almost black. If it is green then it is not ready. The avocado should yield to some gentle pressure when squeezed. If it is too soft or too firm then it is not ready to eat.
These are some ways to tell if these popular fruits are ripe and ready to eat. By giving these fruits these simple tests it will help you, as a consumer, determine that you are getting the best tasting fruit.
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Many people are looking for information on how to make French toast. There are lots of recipes available to choose from. The great thing about making it is that you can serve it in a variety of ways. You can serve it with different syrups, apple sauce, fruits, berries and lots of other toppings. This way, even if you make the same toast, it will taste differently because of the different toppings you can use with it. And the good news is that it is very simple to make it, and this article will share with you exactly how to do that.
The basic idea of French toast is that it is simple white bread, dipped in the egg custard and either friend or baked. The custard is usually made with eggs and milk and other things, such as sugar, vanilla, cheese or many others. In this recipe we will talk specifically about fried French toast.
Quite a few recipes discuss making the toast sweet – with sugar, syrups, apple sauce, berries, fruits, etc. One of the recipes in this article is for sweet toast, while the other one is for the savory kind.
Here are two recipes for you to help you prepare it:
French Toast Recipe 1: Sweet
This is the recipe that a lot of people know and like, with a sweet twist. So for this recipe, you will need to first find good white bread. You can use white sandwich bread, or any other white bread that you have available.
Next, you will need to make the custard. A custard is nothing more, but the combination of milk and eggs. You can also use heavy cream or half-n-half to make the custard even creamier.
Now, you can add some additional things to the custard. These can be vanilla and a bit of sugar. Now your custard is ready. Dip both sides of each bread slice into the custard and then fry the bread on a skillet in some butter and oil, a few minutes on each side.
Once your toast is ready, you can top it with fruits, berries, apple sauce or syrup.
French Toast Recipe 2: Savory
You can also make the toast with a savory twist. The only difference between the above recipe that makes it sweet, and a savory one, is how you flavor your egg custard.
Now, to make it savory, use salt, pepper and herbs (such as dill or parsley) to flavor your custard. Then, make the toast. You won’t want to top it with fruit, as it is not sweet, but it tastes great on its own.
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