Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fiesta Pasta Salad

This recipe makes a bunch and I am planning on making it this weekend while family is in town for Memorial Day.  This is a tough Memorial Day having lost my brother and sister-n-law this year, but with family gathered together this weekend, we will share memories and celebrate their lives.  And of course, pray for those in the military and also ponder and thank those whom lost their lives while fighting for our freedoms.  What an amazing nation we live in. Freedom is never free and Memorial weekend is a special time to remember the enormous sacrifices our military men and women, and their families, make for each one of us.  I am so proud of my ancestors who fought so long ago for my freedoms and I am so proud of my sister-n-law who is an officer in the Navy and my brother who was a sargeant in the Marines and my friend Scott who is now on his fourth tour in Iraq right now.  I have watched the sacrifices these people make with their families, so that they can defend our country and work many long hours and be gone for months at a time and it is just amazing to me.  It isn't just the person in the military making the sacrifice, but their families as well. Their spouse and their children are just as much to thank for our freedoms.  Our present government is not one I agree upon, but it is still our nation and I am blessed to live in this beautiful land.  This nation was founded upon Christian principles and the more God gets pushed to the side, the more chaos we will see. 
On to the recipe!
Fiesta Pasta Salad-adapted from allrecipes
1(16oz)pkg rotini pasta
11/2C salsa
1C mayo
1/2C sour cream, I use light
1can black beans, rinsed and drained(or use chili beans)
1can corn, drained(I use frozen)
1/2C chopped red bell pepper(optional)
2 green onions, sliced thin
1small can sliced olives, drained
1/2tsp each garlic powder, cumin, cilantro (I use fresh cilantro...big difference!)
1tsp salt
pepper to taste
Cook rotini and drain under cold water, set aside. Mix the rest of the ingredients together well and add cooked pasta and mix. Refrigerate atleast 2 hours, or overnight, before serving.
To make this a main meal, add fajita chicken, or cooked ground beef!
Next time I am going to add cubed cheese and grilled chicken!
This recipe is linked to Potluck Sunday at the blog Mommy's Kitchen, come join the fun!


Angie said...

This sounds so good, and what a great summertime side.

Tiffanee said...

Sounds delicious!! All my favorites!!

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