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Monday, April 23, 2012

: vegan meal of the week : week 52 : earth day pasta salad :

happy monday, everybody!

today i have a really tasty lunch // dinner dish for you.
blake created it yesterday [which is why he named it 'earth day pasta salad'] & its really great.
when i cook // bake, i like to find recipes that ARENT vegan, and make them work for us.
blake, on the other hand, is really great at picking random things from the cupboard & creating a delish meal!

earth day pasta salad
created by blake // makes 6-10+ servings [great for making a large batch & eating for lunch during the week]

what you need : 
*1c hazelnuts
*3-4 pears
*1/2c raisins
*2c whole wheat noodles
*1c israeli couscous [we get ours at trader joes]
*1 large onion
*garlic salt & pepper ; to taste
*2tbsp olive // canola oil
*raspberry vinaigrette [to YOUR taste]

how to do it : 
1) chop hazelnuts and pear ; combine in a large bowl
2) add raisins to hazelnut and pear mixture
3) in a large pot cook the noodles, according to the package
4) in a medium pot prepare cous-cous, according to the package
5) sauté onion with a small bit of oil over medium heat ; remove from heat & let cool 2-3 minutes
6) combine noodles, cous-cous & cooked onion to the hazelnut mixture. add oil & raspberry vinaigrette. season to taste.

 tastes great served warm or cold!
everybody say 'good job, blake!'

 and dont forget to enter the giveaway! im giving away all of the goodies in the photo AND a 1-year subscription to whole living magazine!