Colorful Penne with Creamy Cucumber Dressing

Lately there has been not much cooking or baking being done here – I always struggle to cook single portion and I hate to see it being tossed in trash.  My brother is busy with ‘studying’- so he’s always gone and I have been eating whatever to call it a dinner.  Thats basically how the past week went but now I am running out whatever dinner ideas ( sandwich, smoothie, cold cereal, hummus, etc etc) But it had to come to an end- and it did today.  I told myself that I was going to learn how to make small/individual portion of actual dinner and not scarf anything from the fridge & pantry.

Pasta is always a life-saver, wouldn’t you agree? I made this simplest cold pasta  with cucumber dressing! Just perfect for summer.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat penne pasta, dry
1 cup vegetables of your choice, steamed, chopped
1 cup cucumber, seeded, chopped (about 1/2 cucumber)
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup light miracle whip
2 tablespoon red onion, chopped
1 tsp dill weed,  taste and add more if needed
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook pasta as directed.
  2. In a food processor, add all the ingredients except 1st two (pasta & vegetables) and blend until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine pasta, vegetables & dressing!
  4. Cover and store in a refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Serve chilled.
Note: 
It makes about a cup of dressing and only about 1/2 the dressing was used for the pasta.

This dressing itself is creamy (miracle whip did the miracle), very cool & dill adds a great flavor! I am sure it goes well with meat dishes, sandwiches, pita bread.

and I did not make copious amount of food this time. I ate almost half of it and theres some for lunch tomorrow-perfect :) however, I ended up making more dressing because I had to use the remaining cucumber and decided to take some dressings for my coworkers to try.

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