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Go-to Meals: Gluten-Free Summer Pasta Salad & Grilled Eggplant

I passed by the farmer's market last night and decided to pick up whatever I was drawn to, and then go from there for dinner.  Here's what I ended up with...
oh, and the most delicious local lavender can eat it by the spoonful.
I picked up some unusual cucumbers.  Maybe someone knows their names, I don't...but they were my main inspiration.  I used a recipe that I had from a friend from a while back.  

To make this salad:

You need:
Pasta {I use Lunderg Brown Rice Pasta Rotini}
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Boil water
Add broccoli when pasta is still hot
Add oil & put pasta in the fridge
When cool, add in fresh veggies
Add Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil and Salt & Pepper
Then toss in LOTS of dill

I've never in my life grilled eggplant.  If you're interested in trying, this is what I did.  
Cut your eggplant lengthwise {not sure what type of eggplant this is}:
Mix together olive oil, fresh dill, dry oregano, dry basil, dry thyme {didn't have fresh} and one clove of fresh garlic.  Spread the mix all over and put on a skillet and then put something heavy over it.  Let cook for a few minutes...
and then serve on the side
Lots of left overs if you have a small family like us!  


  1. looks so delicious! I really want some of that lavender honey too. I'm not sure about the last one, but the first two are lemon cucumbers. They're lighter in color and usually come in a round ball.

  2. I'm just going to start coming over at around 7pm every night for dinner, ok?

    See you tonight!

  3. Looks fabulous! I am filing this gorgeous fresh g free meal away for when my little g free one gets older.. the whole family would love this! xx

  4. The pasta salad looks yummy. Thanks for sharing. We will be having it for dinner tomorrow night:) Cheers!

  5. That looks amazing ! What farmers market do you go to...Copley Square??!

  6. Yummy! You are so my go to girl for healthy good quality food - this is easy to make too -bonus!

    Thanks for sharing love!

  7. I am inspired to make this! Looks delish!

  8. oh stunning pictures! Can you please tell me how you get your pictures to look so amazing? They are absolutely beautiful.

  9. Just found your blog and am now a follower. This looks may even entice my husband to eat his greens!

  10. That looks so yummy! I'm going to have to try it sometime soon! I love all the fresh ingredients!

  11. That looks so yummy! I'm going to have to try it sometime soon! I love all the fresh ingredients!

  12. Yummmmm. You forgot to invite us over:)

  13. Wow. That looks almost too good to eat! Almost.

  14. I love experimenting with ingredients from the greenmarket! This, of course, has led me to put chives in everything I've cooked this week, but it's all turned out pretty well. That grilled eggplant looks sooo good.

  15. Great recipe...Looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  16. That looks wonderful. So fresh and perfect for summer.

  17. Looks delish!!!
    Yum, lavender honey!

  18. d.e.licious! excited to give this one a whirl!

  19. Can you imagine, I have eggplants in my garden that a friend seeded for me and they are de-lish! I grilled them the other evening for dinner.
    Nice healthy meals are always a wonderful reward at the end of the day!

  20. oh wow!!! That looks amazing!!! So yummy and healthy!
    I'm new here and absolutely LOVE it! I'm a new follower.

  21. That looks soooo yummy! I am going to be making that salad!


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