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Southwest Black Bean Salad

Barbeque season often means potluck season. This summer I tried to ensure there was something other than desserts and watermelon my toddler would eat. Luckily for me, he is a big fan of this southwest black bean salad. It’s easy to make a day ahead, doesn’t require any cooking and is full of protein! The salad itself is made of black beans, corn, red bell pepper and green onions. The dressing is comprised of red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Finally, the entire salad is topped with cilantro.  The ReadyStrainer is used to rinse canned black beans. It is beneficial to rinse them of the cloudy liquid as it improves their appearance and flavor....

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Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad

Do you have a potluck dinner coming up and are tired of making the same boring pasta salad? I have the recipe for you to try! Everywhere I bring this dish, I end up handing out the recipe after. I should just bring recipe cards to make things easier on myself! But I can’t take all the credit, my sister-in-law served this as a main dish at her house on a hot summer day and I have shared it with many households ever since. Potlucks, picnics, and camping are great reasons to make this Asian Bowtie Pasta Salad. I have even made it for friends with new babies – it’s easy to make ahead and store in the fridge until...

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Lemon Orzo

Orzo is one pasta I don’t have much experience with. I thought I should give it a shot and was looking for something new, simple and fresh. While exploring meals and recipes, we decided to give Hello Fresh (meal delivery service) a try and found a dish with orzo as the side. Perfect! I wanted to pick a meal that had a quick cook time so that it had the best chance of fitting into our busy lives. I also couldn’t pass up a chance to test the ReadyStrainer out with orzo. This dish was called Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner. The preparation time posted on the recipe was 30 minutes and in reality the meal took me just under...

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Steak Salad

I get so excited when fresh, local asparagus starts showing up in the grocery stores! It means spring is officially here and visiting my favorite local farmers market is just weeks away. I pair asparagus with just about anything, and it’s actually a favorite vegetable of little E. My favorite meal right now is steak salad, and it goes perfect with a side of asparagus! What goes better with greens other than more green?! The ReadyStrainer’s oblong shape is perfect for long vegetables like asparagus. I can thaw my steak in the sink while the fresh vegetables are rinsed safely on my counter. Perfect! Steak salad can be made many different ways. Every time I make it, I have different...

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Baked Ziti

When Fred’s family gathers for a meal, there are usually five siblings and 17 nieces and nephews. There are a lot of people to feed. An easy one for large families is our own version of a typical "baked ziti" dish. I actually prefer rigatoni, so it really isn't baked ziti at all. The larger noodles are closer to a lasagna texture, which I find delicious.   I often use cottage cheese instead of ricotta because Fred dislikes ricotta and we tend to have cottage cheese in our refrigerator anyway. I cook a pound of hamburger in onion and garlic because my mom always did and I'm not sure there is a dish that can't be helped by some onion and garlic. Otherwise it's as...

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