Thursday, May 28, 2015

Our Favorite Pasta Salad #OXOGreenSaver

I'm so happy that it's spring and soon to be summer!
I love the warm temperatures, flowers everywhere, fresh fruits and vegetables
from my parents garden, the Farmer's Market and our little deck garden.
There's nothing like picking fresh herbs and tomatoes right off of our deck!


With all of the delicious produce available I don't want any of it to go to waste!
Did you know that more than 25% of the fresh fruits and vegetables purchased by U.S.
consumers are wasted annually before being consumed?
That equates to more than 226 pounds per the average U.S. family!
Crazy!




After grocery shopping you should always take a few minutes to store produce properly.
Doing so will save you money in the long run and keep produce fresh longer.
When produce rest against the walls of containers or bags, moisture can build up
and cause rotting, so always take it out of the plastic bags from the grocery store.


I was recently given the opportunity to try the 4.3 Qt. OXO GreenSaver Produce Keeper
along with some baby cucumbers from Melissa's Produce.





















The carbon filters are filled with nooks and crannies that trap and absorb the ethylene gas
that produce gives off, which helps slow down spoilage.  They are made from coconut
husks, making them safe, all-natural and non-toxic! The elevated basket lifts produce up
and away from the bottom and sides of the container to prevent rotting and it can be
used as a colander.  The vent slides open and closed for optimum humidity level for
different types of produce, keeping them crisp and fresh.





















After 7 days in the OXO GreenSaver, the cucumbers look just as fresh as the day
they arrived!  I'm sold!



























They looked so good I decided to make my family's favorite pasta salad.
I make it with what ever pasta shape I have on hand.  Most of the time its rotini,
sometimes bow ties, but today I made it with whole wheat shells.
Our favorite pasta salad is so easy to make and tastes like summer in a bowl!





















Our Favorite Pasta Salad

1 lb. box of Pasta (I prefer whole wheat)
8 oz. bottle Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
1 T Salad Supreme (in the spice section)
2-3 baby cucumbers, sliced
1 C grape tomatoes, sliced in half lenthwise
1/2 C sliced carrots

Cook pasta according to directions on the box.
Drain pasta and toss with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Refrigerate several hours before serving for optimum flavor.

Enjoy!

Cucumber, Strawberry Basil water is another one of my summer faves.
Just add a few sprigs of fresh basil and slices of cucumber and strawberries
to tap or sparkling water.
So refreshing!


Disclosure - I was sent an OXO GreenSaver to review and Melissa's Produce cucumbers
for my recipe.I was not compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are my own.

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