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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 1, Sunday

Ham, Green Bean, Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad
Fresh Strawberries with Yogurt and Mint

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          I love summer salads.  Almost anything can go into them, they're usually a bit on the light side and easy to prepare.  As long as we have a bit of yogurt left... Why not a bowl of strawberries for dessert?

Ham, Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad 

Total time: 25 minutes 
    I love cold ham in salads of any type and beans with basil is always a hit.  Here, it all comes together with a lower fat/calorie dressing of half mayonnaise and half Greek Yogurt. 

Ham, Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Fresh Strawberries with Yogurt and Mint

Total time: 10 minutes
   A bit of sugar and Greek Yogurt is wonderful with fresh strawberries.... and ever so much healthier than cream.  If you have fresh mint - that will finish it just right!

Fresh Strawberries with Yogurt and Mint Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 25 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large pot and colander for pasta, medium saucepan,
medium bowl, small bowl, whisk, pasta bowl

Put water on high heat for pasta
Put water on high heat for beans
Top, tail beans, cut
Prepare cold water for beans
Blanch beans
Drain, plunge into cold water, drain
Start to cook pasta

Snip all herbs
Cut tomatoes in half
Cut ham
Make dressing
Stem strawberries, put in bowl
Sprinkle with sugar, set aside
     Pause while stuff cooks
Drain pasta, put in bowl
Add remaining ingredients to salad, toss to combine
Serve pasta salad
Done?
Add yogurt, mint, to strawberries, stir gently, serve