Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cooking With Caycee - Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Good morning ladies, and happy Thursday! 

First off, let me just say how thrilled I was to receive all of your dm messages when I shared my basic taco Tuesday dinner on Instagram. All of you said this is the kind of meals you preferred, and that you wished I would share more basic meals. So. your wish is my command and one that is happily welcomed :) 

I know some people say the older your kids get the easier it is, and in some ways that is very true, but in other ways I feel it's the total opposite. Between homework, studying for tests (which Carson has at least three a week), dance, and sports (baseball is all the time now) making a homemade gourmet meal is a joke during the week! Please don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about the things mentioned...I know this is life for all moms with older kids and I truly love it, but there are times when somethings gotta give. And right now, making meals during the week that take more than 30-40 minutes just isn't going to happen. 


Okay, sorry, I kinda went off on a rant up there, but back to today's delicious and easy pasta! 
I used the recipe found here, but instead of using mayo, I substituted it for 5.3oz of greek yogurt and two small squirts of cream cheese. I don't like mayonnaise at all, so if you feel the same, I highly recommend trying it this way because it turned out delicious! And don't worry, I know summer and swimsuit season is right around the corner, so I will try my best to make more easy meals that are healthier and a bit more waist friendly...ha! 






Maxi Dress (on sale and only $38) // Earrings

Dress runs tts and I'm wearing it in the xs. Also, I know it says not to, but I wash and dry mine and it's perfectly fine ;) 


My silly boy, who I think may have grown three feet over the last year.




Ingredients
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped into smaller bites
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sweet peas, cooked
  • 8 oz pasta shells, cooked
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons dry Ranch mix, or more, to taste
Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, combined chopped blanched broccoli, chopped cooked bacon, whole cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cooked sweet peas, cooked pasta shells.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine mayo and milk and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of dry Ranch mix. Mix well and taste to see if you need to add more dry Ranch mix to the dressing.
    3. Gradually add the salad dressing to the large bowl with the salad ingredients. Some people like lots of dressing on their salad, some don't - let your taste be your guide as far as how much dressing to add!

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