Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Pasta Salad & A Weekend Recap

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What a weekend. It’s going to take me a few extra days to fully recover. I honestly just can not party like I used to. In my ripe old age of 25, I can not stay out past midnight two nights in a row and function like a proper adult. It’s just not something I can handle. No matter how bad I feel now, it was all SO worth it! I’ll share a few pics from my fabulous weekend before I get to the delicious (and so freakin’ easy) dinner I made last night.

On Friday, I met up with some of my favorite blogger friends and got to hang out, in real life! It’s absolutely such an amazing community, the blogging world. So many amazing people come into your life from all parts of the nation and world and you get to form these incredible bonds that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Some of my blogging friends have become my best friends, because no matter what, they are constantly supporting me, offering me advice and a virtual shoulder to lean on. Some know more about me than my real life friends. And you know what? I think that’s pretty cool. So, here’s a photo of some of these amazing confidants!

Em, me, Anni, Steph, Megan, Maria & Jessica [Photo from Emily!]

On Saturday morning, I was NOT feeling good. Remember how you felt the morning after your 21st birthday? Yeah, about that good. I’m not sure if it was because I mixed beer and wine, or because I had 4 glasses of wine, either way, the combination left me literally incapacitated most of the morning. Which is normally fine because those are the days I lay in bed and watch endless streams of Lifetime with as little movement as possible. However, this Saturday, laying in bed was not an option. A really good friend at work was getting married and I couldn’t miss it. I’ve been there from the beginning helping him along as he planned his wedding (and he helped plan mine). Over hell or high water, I was going to be at that wedding. And guess what? I made it out! And it was incredible. Luckily by about 5pm my hangover had finally gone away.

Us with the Groom!

Myself and my fabulous date in front of the venue!

I didn’t get home until well after midnight and I was EXHAUSTED. However, sleeping all day Sunday wasn’t an option either because we have less than 2 weeks to find a new place to live and if you can recall, it hasn’t been an easy process.  So I lined up four open houses yesterday in hopes one of them would be what we were looking for. The lucky stars must have been shining down on us because we found (AND RENTED!) the cutest little house you ever did see! It’s 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and has a HUGE backyard for the pups. It’s in Falls Church, which is total suburbia, but we are fine with it. We finally have our own space!

Pic from Google! The house now has a white front porch and no icky power line in front!

As you can see, it was quite the weekend. After spending a full day house hunting on an empty stomach (couldn’t bring myself to eat Sunday morning, either) I was RAVENOUS by the time 5pm rolled around. Because I bought a giant size package of tortellini at Costco (don’t ask) I decided to whip up an easy and delicious salad for dinner.  It was one of those salads that had a little bit of everything; a can of olives, some artichoke hearts, canned tomatos, some Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, etc.

It was amazing. I loved all of the different flavors together. It was exactly what I wanted. This is a perfect dish to make ahead for a picnic, party or to bring for lunches! This has been deemed my new go to summer salad!

Easy Tortellini Summer Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of tortellini
  • 1 can of pitted black olives
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 can of basil and oregano tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

How to Make It:

  • Bring 6-8 cups of water to a boil; add pasta and a dash of salt and cook until tortellinis (and cheese inside) are soft; Drain
  • In a large bowl, mix pasta, olives, artichokes, olive oil, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and Parmesan. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

I got to use my fancy new pasta plates that we got as a wedding gift…

…and my favorite salad tossers from Italy!

Such an easy and delicious dinner! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Nutritional Information per cup: 350 calories, 13 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of protein.

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  1. Posted by Maria on
    Monday, May 16th, 2011
    That pasta dish is gorgeous! And your new abode is so cute! Congrats!
  2. Posted by Ravienomnoms on
    Monday, May 16th, 2011
    That looks really good! It sounds like you had so much fun! I cannot function like a normal human after going out 2 nights in a row anymore either. Isn't that sad? haha...your salad is just the pick me up you would need to get back on track :-)
  3. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Monday, May 16th, 2011
     Mmm! I would never have thought to use tortellini in a pasta salad. 

    Your new home is so pretty, congrats to you two! Had a blast with you guys on Friday. :)
  4. Posted by kjpugs on
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    YOU GIRLS are adorable, that house is ADORRRRABLE, and I <3 those tortellini! Sounds like you had a BUSY weekend!
  5. Posted by Steph on
    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
     Such fun on Friday :)) I was in pretty rough shape, as well.. had to be up and at 'em at 7am! Nuts.

    And congrats on the house! It looks adorable and Falls Church is SUCH a cute area. I hope you love it!!
  6. Posted by Anonymous on
    Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
    this house is SO. CUTE.
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