So the lovely Meej & Niall had their baby shower over the weekend. I was on the hook to bring some food. I hemmed and hawed over what to bring then my Mother's voice filled my head. "Make it easy for yourself. Don't make a whole bunch of different dishes, just make one really big one." So guess what I made? Ahhh yeah, good 'ol pesto pasta salad but with a healthy twist. Rice pasta instead of reg pasta, Best Pesto Ever, a whack load of yellow & red peppers, fresh sundried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. The beauty of it - you can add whatever you want in whatever quantity you like. This was such a hit and so easy to make that it should be everyone's go-to potluck dish.

20130331-224231 Oh the wondrous spiralizer! Love this contraption, though it's a bit clunky for many city kitchens, it turns out some pretty great veggie noodles. It works with zucchini, squash, carrots, apples, beets, jicama and most firm fruits or veggies. Adding toppings of choice and tossing the spiralized veg in vegan sauces and dressings makes them almost unidentifiable as anything other than pasta. Here are simple recipes for crazy delicious raw pasta sauce, alfredo sauce and pesto.