Thursday, 13 June 2013

Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Summer has pretty much arrived, and with that comes a lighter appetite (more room for yummy summer snacks). This salad has been on my meal rotation for quite some time.  The blend of the balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano is to die for! The sundried tomatoes add that extra bit of flavor to every bite.

This salad is a cinch to whip together. You don't really have to do much except make some pasta and shave some cheese! All of the rest is assembly work. I adapted the original recipe from by adding more arugula, balsamic, and more cheese. Who doesn't love more cheese?

  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart Taste penne pasta (use brown rice pasta for g.f.)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
  • 6 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly shaved 


pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

the pasta with baby arugula, sun dried tomatoes, chick peas, oil, vinegar, and cheese,  add fresh cracked pepper to taste. Place in your bowls and shave some extra cheese on top. Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

My Skin Cancer Experience

In 2006 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (Clark's stage 3). I wanted to share my experience with you all in hopes that it might help someone out in some way. Even if its just one person.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to watch my video. I know it is a tad long, but what good story isn't? :)

Have a happy day!