BLT Pasta Salad + Weekly Menu

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Ah! What a weekend? Does it really have to be over? P.S. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – hope you all had an amazing day!

Our weekend started with a jaunt over to Chicago – Shea had a weekend lined up with her uncle and my parents and hubby and I had a weekend lined up with my bff and her boyfriend. We got to see their new house and enjoy a WONDERFUL meal out at The Dawson – definitely check it out if you’re in Chicago. It’s a shame I can’t drink because their cocktails looked amazing. Fortunately for me, however, the food was amazing, too. A BBQ pulled pork cupcake with cream cheese “frosting”? Yeah, it was pretty much out of this world good.

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On Saturday we survived the heat of the day, hubby and I went out for a little day date of shopping (Trader Joe’s, etc!) and lunch out (this salad – uhhhmazing). We met back up with bff for the Cubs game which was pretty much perfection – the weather, the win, the company (hubby and I & bff and I). Yeah, it was incredible…especially as a die hard Cubs fan. I even made it up until 1AM, people. And that’s 2am EST! Yep…my body will be in MAJOR shock come tomorrow morning.

Father’s Day was spent with my family – a grilled out linner (lunch/dinner) and a walk for gelato. There was some sprinkler action, a jog with hubby, and some other fun stuff thrown in, too. The weekend wrapped up with a quick ride back to Michigan with absolutely no traffic leaving the city…and that never happens.

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On the ride back, hubby took the wheel so I could get caught up here and on our weekly menu. I’d spent all weekend being spoiled by the great food of Chicago’s restaurants and ballpark that I was drawing a blank on what actually sounded good…while also factoring in when I could possibly make it to the grocery store. It’s a sad day when you can see the back of my refrigerator.

So, here we are. Monday will be here in no time, but at least I can complete the weekend by offering up this embarrassingly simply, yet totally summer-perfect and absolutely delicious BLT Pasta Salad. It’s the best of both a pasta salad and green salad with summer’s best tomatoes, beloved bacon, and of course, ranch (in lieu of mayonnaise because that would be weird as a stand-alone dressing). Enjoy!

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BLT Pasta Salad
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Serves: 4 entree portions
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz (~3½ cups) uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, washed and copped/torn
  • ⅔ cup low-fat ranch dressing
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add pasta, stir, and cook about 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta and rinse under cold running water.
  2. Put washed and prepared romaine in a large bowl; drizzle with ½ cup of the ranch and toss well to coat. Add the cooked pasta, top with remaining ranch dressing, and toss well to coat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and crumbled bacon; toss well and serve immediately.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Life in the Lofthouse, originally from Taste of Home
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 309 Fat: 15.5 Carbohydrates: 32.3 Sugar: 7.0 Sodium: 672 Fiber: 4.8 Protein: 11.0 Cholesterol: 22
Weekly Menu: June 19th – 23rd

Be well,

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