Tortellini Salad

I definitely made the most of this three day weekend. In addition to penguins, grocery shopping, and paper-grading, I got to go for an awesome 14 mile run to celebrate Aron’s birthday.

It was the longest run I’ve done since Boston, and it felt fantastic.

I also did a little kitchen project that should be ready in about 3 weeks.

There are tons of organic lemons available right now so it’s the perfect time to preserve them!

One thing we noticed after buying groceries last week was how much plastic was included with our produce. We were completely disgusted, so this week we made a point to buy everything at the farmers market or the co-op with our re-usable produce bags. The packaging from last week is on the left and this week is on the right. Definitely an improvement.

I also found a great blog about living without plastic.

The beauty of this salad is that everything in it can be bought in bulk so there’s no waste. I know some people have issues with bulk bins, but I’ve been shopping out of them for years and never had a problem. Plus it’s a great way to try just a little bit of something without having to commit to a big package.

As I was making this I really wasn’t sure about how well everything would work together…broccoli, lemon, pine nuts, tortellini, cilantro, mint, sprouts. It all sounded good, but it also sounded like a lot of different flavors. It turned out to be completely delicious (not surprising, it’s one of Heidi’s recipes!

(adapted from Super Natural Every Day)


7 Responses to “Tortellini Salad”

  1. 1 Moodles January 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The salad looks yummy, and great job on the plastics.

  2. 2 ErinsFoodFiles January 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I love shopping the bulk bins too, especially for spices! So many spices come in glass jars, so I love that at Whole Foods I can buy a large amount of cumin, peppercorns, etc and just refill my spice jars. And, it’s way cheaper!

  3. 3 Kate January 18, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I’ve never preserved fruit – I’m dying to see how these turn out.

  4. 4 Kelsey January 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    And now I know what I can put on next week’s “How am I going to cook when I’m so darned busy?” menu. Thanks, Cate!

  5. 5 RoadBunner January 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    It was great to see you!! All that packaging is depressing. And I hadn’t realized until I saw the twist-tie for leafy veggies how that is just trash, too 😦 I go through a lot of those with all of Mario’s veggies.

  6. 6 Elizabeth January 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Yum yum! We have heaps of broccoli in the garden at the moment, so I’m always looking for ways to use it. Thanks Cate!

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