Simple & Fresh Pasta Salad Recipe For Summer

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So last week, my doorstep was blessed with a big ol’ box of goodness named “Sun Basket.” It was full of real, whole food, already portioned-out, thought-out, and totally flavored-out. One-word: YUM!… and easy, fun, and simple!

I’ve got recipes to share with you all!

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My Sister-n-law, who just had a baby, was on the lookout for food-delivery companies. I told her I’d keep my eyes open and ask around. Funny enough, that same week Sun Basket emailed me and asked if Healthy Hits would want to give them a try. Free groceries? Free recipes? Half the work already done for me? SURE!

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So, here’s how it worked. I went to their website menu and picked the 3 meals that looked best to me. I chose:

  1. Seared pork loin with bacon-braised escarole and charred grapes (recipe)
  2. Tzatziki-topped turkey meatballs and arugula salad (recipe)
  3. Pine nut and arugula pasta primavera with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (recipe)

Note: they change the menu weekly!

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Then, shipped to my front door: a Sun Basket box. All ingredients inside, packed like you see below with three recipe cards for my meals (Woo-hoo! I can make them again later).

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I stuck everything in the fridge, and got to cooking the first night. It was so easy! And so fun, and I tried so many seasoning/combinations that I wouldn’t normally try on my own.

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My first and ABSOLUTE favorite: Pine nut and arugula pasta primavera with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (recipe). Yum!

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Each recipe serves two. Marco had training all week, so guess what that meant for me? Dinner & lunch the next day. Yeah! (Sorry, Marco!)

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I ate it chilled the next day… and oh my goodness… those flavors sat overnight and got even better!

Other things I loved about Sun Basket…

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They included a “Petite-Treat,” as I call them, in my basket. Awe…

See more: Petite Treat posts here.

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I enjoyed this with a cup of coffee one morning last week. It felt so special :).

Want to see the other meals I made?

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Tzatziki-topped turkey meatballs and arugula salad (recipe)…

My cousin had come over this night, so I made this for us and it was a hit. Such fun flavors!

You might not guess this about me, but I get a little nervous when cooking for other people (except, Marco… because he just eats anything – ha!). It was so nice to have a recipe that was sort of done for me by someone else… It took the pressure off.

I could totally see myself ordering another Sun Basket box for a weekend that a friend comes to visit… just for fun! We could make the recipes together.

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…& Seared pork loin with bacon-braised escarole and charred grapes (recipe).

Funny story… this meal landed on one of those nights my hubby had training. So, I ate one serving for dinner, and packed the rest away for the next day.

The next day at lunch, I went to the fridge to grab the second serving and heat it up and noticed a HUGE bite out of the pork loin… Marco…! Haha! He totally snuck in a took a big ol’ bite out when he got home from work (don’t feel bad for him – he got to eat wherever he wanted each night of the week and had it paid for – haha).

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Alright… well, who wants to get their own Sun Basket?! I feel like this would be the PERFECT way to treat yourself during a busier week. Planned for you dinners. So awesome…

Good news for my HHS girls – Sun Basket has agreed to do a Giveaway on for you! Yay! Click the link below to enter!

Sun Baket Giveaway >> a Rafflecopter giveaway!!

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Would you treat yourself to a Sun Basket for a week?

xo,
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