Broccoli florets are sauteed with garlic, butter and olive oil, simmered in broth, then tossed with fresh basil and hot rigatoni. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese is the perfect finish. Hint: don't overcook the garlic and broccoli!
Soy nuts and sunflower seeds are ground together to make this peanut-free butter which is sweetened with cranberries for a great spread on cut celery, whole grain breads, and fruit. It also pairs well with soft cheese (don't add more salt though). Feel free to try other dried fruits as well, such as blueberries, cherries, or apples.
Zucchini and yellow bell peppers are grilled ahead of time and combined with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. I leave the Dijon dressing on the side and toss it at the picnic, just before serving.
How could something so tiny be so good. But the peas in this layered salad have a bit of help. There's also crumbled bacon, Romaine lettuce, Cheddar cheese, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and a sweetened mayonnaise sauce. Chill and serve to eight.