What’s for Dinner? | Tuna Pasta Salad (FodMap Friendly)

With the weather getting so hot here I needed a nice cold lunch, preferably one that I could pack in the ice chest to take to the zoo with minimal trouble and mess.  My husband suggested a pasta salad but every one I’ve tried to make in that past did not have the right blend of flavors and would not appeal to little ones.

I took a look at this Ranch & Bacon pasta salad when I was doing my grocery shopping.

aldi pasta salad

The name sounds awesome & they make it look so appealing, just add 1/2 cup mayo & 1 & 1/2 cups of your choice of meat. The problem is I’ve made these before & they are horrible. Dried & powdery tasting with chewy “re-hydrated” veggies.

Then I thought, if it sounds so good, it probably would be if I made it using fresh ingredients. I see carrots, peas, pasta, a meat and a ranch style sauce; Shouldn’t be to hard to duplicate. I decided to make a large batch on Sunday night, pack some for the zoo on Monday & hopefully have enough for lunches for the week; great plan but as fast as both my little ones are going through this, even my extremely picky eater, it may only last until Wednesday or Thursday!

Here’s how I did it.

Cook a 10 oz box of pasta according to package directions:

vita spelt shells

I used Vita Spelt Shells, since they are FodMap friendly I have about 20 boxes in my pantry because I order it in bulk from Amazon Subscribe & Save to save money.

grate carrots

Grate 2 carrots and add them to cooked & drained pasta.

Frozen_peas

Add 1 & 1/2 – 2 cups of frozen peas.

wp_skipjack

Add two cans of your favorite tuna.  (I use Wild Planet Skipjack because it is the only kind I can have while I’m pregnant & it tastes soooo good, we use it all the time. Also from Amazon Subscribe & Save.)

Once you have all these ingredients mixed mix up the dressing.

 

Dressing:

1 cup Mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup fresh parsley

2 Tablespoons fresh basil

1 tablespoon fresh oregano

1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons dill

To Taste:

garlic powder

paprika

ground pepper

Optional:

Lemon zest & juice of one lemon.

 

Combine your dressing with the pasta, I used about 2/3 of this dressing recipe when I mixed the salad up the night before & the next morning I found the pasta had absorbed so much of the dressing I ended up using the rest of it as well & it was perfect.

Taste the salad & add salt as needed. I had to salt twice, once when I made it & then again the next day after the flavors had melded. After that it was perfect for the rest of the week.

Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to meld & add additional dressing and salt as needed before serving.

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The way this is being gobbled up at my house I think I may have to make a second batch! I’m happy though, it is a great way to get protein, whole grains & fresh raw veggies into them so they can have as much as they like.

 

 

 

 

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