Fresh Pasta Salad with Veggies and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast




This is a sponsored conversation
written by me on behalf of Smithfield
. The opinions and text are all mine.




Flavorful
pasta salad with fresh veggies and oven roasted turkey breast






Now that school is back in session,
so is the daily struggle for all the moms (or dads!) out there. Can you feel it
too?!? I'm talking about the daily effort to create and pack a lunch for our
kids to take to school. It's really quite complicated when I think about it.


This lunch needs to be
SCRUMPTIOUS and FUN, so it won't make its way back home after school in an
untouched container next to a starving and unhappy little child.
 



It needs to be WHOLESOME and
NUTRITIOUS, of course! It's our kids that we are talking about.



At the same time, it needs to
be QUICK and EASY to make. Let's face it, none of us wants to get up a
whole hour earlier just to make a meal.



As I said, the struggle is real!







Before we cry ourselves to sleep
tonight worrying about the dreadful lunch box preparation, let's not despair.
I've got an idea for you: I went to my local 
Albertsons this
morning and picked up this Smithfield

Prime Fresh
Ô Delicatessen Pillow Oven Roasted
Turkey from the packaged meat section. It's an easy to make, fresh pasta salad
filled with many colors and flavors, healthy veggies and scrumptious cut
Smithfield meat. This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the
refrigerator until ready to be packed (note: it's perfect for your next picnic
too!). 



And take a look: it looks so fun and
yummy that even the picky eaters will grab their little forks and dive right in. 






The best part: this recipe is quite
flexible so you can adjust it to meet your children's taste. Don't be afraid to
add, substitute and experiment (add cucumber, avocado, chopped olives, or their
favorite cheese). What's most important, make it fun!


The other best part: when you shop
at Albertsons next time, keep in mind that there are several Smithfield
products that you can buy, like the Smoked Ham or Smoked Turkey Breast. 



These are all deli quality lunch
meats that are great to have in the refrigerator for any quick lunch idea. You
can create the best pasta salad (or couscous, why not?!) and the most
scrumptious sandwiches. Easy, quick and so delicious.



Why do you think about this?!? I bet
this lunch box will come back empty tonight :)




Now, without farther ado, here is the recipe for you.




INGREDIENTS:



YIELD: 2 servings
·        
4 oz (115 gr) dried farfalle pasta (or other short pasta like
fusilli or penne)

·        
4 oz (115 gr) Prime FreshÔ
Delicatessen by Smithfield
Ò Pillow
Oven Roasted Turkey

·        
4 oz (115 gr) cherry tomatoes
·        
1/4 large pepper, orange (or yellow or red)
·        
1 celery stalk
·        
1 oz baby spinach
·        
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
·        
Salt, pepper and dried oregano to taste






PREPARATION:




TIME: 5 minutes to prepare, 10
minutes to cook


Bring a large pot of salted water to
a boil. Cook the pasta as directed in the box (about 9 minutes to cook al
dente).



In the meantime, wash the tomatoes,
celery and pepper and cut in cubes.




Toss in a bowl with salt and olive oil.



Cube the turkey breast and chop the
baby spinach in large pieces.



Toss all the ingredients in the bowl.






Drain well the pasta. Quickly run
under cold water to stop from over cooking. Drain well. and toss with the rest
of the ingredients.


Store in the refrigerator until
ready to serve. Enjoy!










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