I miss being in the kitchen. A lot. My summer so far has been spent away from home at a 10-week summer research program and, as rewarding and beneficial as it was, I am very excited to go home this weekend, put on the cute little apron that the “Easter Bunny” left for me this past spring, and celebrate my summer accomplishments by mixing up something yummy. For me, cooking is not simply an action through which I feed myself; it is an enjoyable time during which I am able to release the stress accumulated over the course of the day (or 10 weeks) and, in the process, create beautiful, tasty, and nutritious dishes.
Of course, let’s be real, as a sometimes stereotypical college student, I do go for the quick and easy meal at times instead. But what if someone like me could make a beautiful, tasty, and wholesome meal quickly? In a recent post, Amie from The Healthy Apple introduces a recipe that is just that. Her Gluten-Free Vegan Fiesta Pasta Salad takes a total of 20 minutes to make, is packed with veggie-goodness, and is absolutely gorgeous!! (Honestly, Amie, share some of those photo-taking skills with the rest of us.) The best part, though, is how fun this recipe would be to make: I don’t know about you, but chopping, slicing, grating, and whisking ingredients together is what makes cooking, well… cooking, and this recipe has no shortage of such prep work. No worries though, you can easily get all that prep-work done while the pasta is boiling and complete the meal in no time.
Another great aspect of this recipe is that it can be served at room temperature or chilled. This is great for two reasons: It can be prepared in advance and be a ready-to-eat meal on those days when meetings, work, or a copious amount of homework keep you out of the kitchen, OR it can be served chilled, which makes for a perfectly refreshing meal just right for the ridiculously hot summer days we have been having.
Whether or not you are kitchen-deprived and looking to celebrate like I am, this recipe is a great option for any individual looking to make a refreshing summer meal that will no doubt be admired and enjoyed by all that you choose to share it with (of course, that is if you choose to share such a pretty dish at all… ).
Is cooking something you do for stress-relief? If not, how do you relax after a long day? I’m always looking for new ways to decompress, so I’d love to hear from you!
The Intern behind the Plate,
the Healthy Apple is a blog written and maintained by Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP. Amie is one of Around the Plate’s Recipe Gurus and is a member of thePlate Community. As a recipe guru, Amie shares creative dishes and healthy recipes that anyone on a budget can enjoy. Find other nutrition experts, recipe gurus, and healthy eating champions on our community blog network.