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Review of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park California

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a family-friendly combination of live theater, dinner and dramatic entertainment. Located on Beach Blvd, this dinner theater is in the same area as Knott’s Berry Farm and Medieval Times. Disneyland is a 15 minute drive away. With so many excellent entertainment choices, is Pirate’s Dinner Adventure a good choice for your family? Keep reading for my full, honest review!

My family and I received complimentary tickets to attend Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Clicking through and making a purchase helps me in a small financial way, thank you!

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is located in Buena Park, a city in Los Angeles/Orange County. It’s just a few blocks from Knott’s Berry Farm and about 15-minutes drive from Disneyland. My family (including my husband, toddler, six-year old and two teenagers) visited Pirate’s Dinner Adventure for the first time.

For more ideas on what to do in the Buena Park and Southern California area, be sure to check out my post.

Many guests were dressed in pirate garb, which is encouraged for young and old alike. My son brought his pirate hat and we saw many guests wearing bandanas and carrying light-up pirate swords. There are, of course, plenty of costuming accessories for sale in the souvenir shops inside the lobby. The lobby is appropriately decorated with a giant pirate’s map and skeletons.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Purchasing Tickets for the Event

When I was at the ticket window getting our tickets there was a family of 7 next to me trying to get seats for that night. Unfortunately the show had sold out, which I understand is fairly regular. Don’t expect to just show up and try to purchase tickets, it’s best to buy ahead of time. Tickets can be found on the website or through Groupon (for select nights only). Sign up through Ebates first, then click Groupon to purchase – you’ll receive an additional 9% cash back! Even with your Groupon ticket, you’ll still need to call ahead of time to book your reservation.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Pre-Show Entertainment & Appetizers

Before entering the theater you’ll have your group photo taken. Printed pictures will be brought to you tableside during the show. You can purchase them, or not. It was recommended that we arrive 60 minutes before the show. This allowed plenty of time for purchasing a drink at the bar, souvenir shopping, taking in the pirate decor and a restroom break. There is the opportunity to have your child’s face painted for an additional charge. Unless you’re planning on shopping, I don’t think you need to get there quite that early. We did a lot of standing around, waiting for the doors to open. Actually we have a toddler, so technically that just meant we took turns chasing her through the crowds!

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

As far as the pre-show appetizers, they are tray-passed through the lobby. We saw meatballs on toast, ham and cheese open-faced sandwiches, and carrots and celery with ranch dressing. Not too special, I’d wait to eat and save room for the hearty dinner instead. However you can purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks in the lobby, then bring them into the theater.

There is a pre-show in the bar area which introduced the pirates. We were in the entryway room but were able to watch on a television. Each pirate walks through the lobby, carrying a colored flag and leading guests that are seated in his colored section. We waited until the orange pirate came through and then followed him with the rest of our group into the theater!

Seating Inside Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

If you choose a seat in the upper part of the theater, know that you won’t be allowed much elbow room. Guests were squeezed in pretty tight in those last few rows. Also, there are some seats that don’t have very good views of the action. In fact some spots have obstructed views with all the pirate ship rigging and poles in the way.

I recommend opting for a seating upgrade that allows for more space and an unobstructed and closer view of the action. My family and I were seated in the second row of the orange section, which offered us a perfect view of the stage.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Food Review

The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure includes a three-course meal. Non-alcoholic drinks like soda, water, lemonade, coffee and tea are included. You can also request a vegetarian. gluten-free or vegan meal in place of the traditional dishes. Children will receive the kid’s platter, which includes small portions of mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and cubed melon alongside a generous amount of chicken nuggets.

Soup or Salad – Guests have their choice of either a large dinner salad or a small bowl of vegetable soup. I ordered the salad, which was large for a dinner salad. It was already covered with ranch dressing, which was fine, except that the server never asked me what kind of dressing I wanted (and I usually request dressing on the side). My older two kids ordered soup.

Main Course – Roasted quarter chicken leg and thigh. The meat was moist and flavorful. There was a veggie and shrimp skewer, which was also tasty. Carrots and zucchini are served on the side (zucchini was slightly under cooked, which was better than being overcooked in my opinion). Creamy mashed potatoes rounded out the plate. Our server did bring a platter with more chicken to see if anyone wanted another piece (my husband did).

Dessert – A slice of tres leches cake that is drizzled with chocolate. Usually not my favorite dessert but this was delicious!

Overall the food is good and our platters were served hot. Note that your entire party may not be served at once (my older kids didn’t get their plates until about 5 minutes after their dad and me). There are additional upgrades that can be made to your meal, including adding lobster and champagne or three-layer chocolate cake.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Service

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is a loud and boisterous place. This means it can be a challenge to get messages to the server. We were seated at a long bench table and if you’re seated in the middle, you won’t really be able to speak to your server directly without yelling! I had to “talk” to the server by telling my husband and having him pass the message to the server. Meal plates are passed from the ends to the guests in the middle of the table. Not every seat is like that in the theater, but having the bench seats without server access made it difficult.

We received beverages at the beginning of the show but they were never refilled. Guests are encouraged to “Drink! Drink!” at times during the show and my 6-year old said to me with his stein turned upside down, “I can’t drink, my cup is empty!”

Audience Participation

Throughout the show, the audience is encouraged to participate. Each colored seating section is assigned their own pirate. We sat in the orange section and cheered on our themed pirate throughout the show. Shouting, standing, banging your cup and cheering is all encouraged! My husband was given the job of raising our orange flag. Some children were invited to the stage to ride in one of the row boats. Other guests were included in the show as well. It’s a boisterous place and that adds to the fun!

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

The Show – Legend of the Loch Ness Monster

This action-packed show takes place on what looks like a Spanish galleon. The ship is surrounded by 200,000 gallons of water on which row boats float. The “stage” is impressive for sure, and the colorful lighting and dramatic music adds to the effect. Did I mention the shirtless pirates? These singing, dancing and sword fighting pirates swing from ropes, leap on trampolines and duel each other throughout the show. Each pirate has their own personality and allows for plenty of comic relief in between the drama.

There is also a comedic “pirate in training”, a headstrong princess, an acrobatic gypsy girl, a teensy-bit of romance and lots of one-on-one pirate battles. The stunts are all great quality. The swinging ladder was my favorite part (I held my breath the entire time!) Don’t bother trying to figure out the story plot in between eating. Just watch and enjoy (ahem, shirtless pirates!)

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Can You Take a Baby or a Toddler?

We mentioned on the reservation that we would have a toddler with us. I asked initially if there were high chairs and was assured that there were. However our seats were in the second row, which was all bench seating with one long table. There wasn’t any way to get a high chair there for our toddler. I asked our server for a booster seat, but it was never brought.

The seat and table were too far away from each other for my petite toddler to sit at (she is just a few weeks shy of her second birthday). My husband and I ended up taking turns holding her on our laps so that she could reach the table to eat. She watched most of the show but started to get bored towards the end (naturally, after the cake was served!) I took her out into the lobby to run around until the show was over.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Trying to hold a squirmy toddler while watching the show.

What Age Is Most Appropriate?

We attended Pirate’s Dinner Adventure with our almost-2 year old daughter, 6 year old son and two 14 year olds (boy and girl). I already shared about my toddler in the section above. There are some loud moments (like thunder sounds or cracking whips) that might startle young children. The show is appropriate for all ages but at 2 hours, it might be too long for some children. My older three kids were highly entertained. They all liked the food and enjoyed the action. My 6 year old lamented that he wished he’d been chosen to go onto the stage! There is one scene at the end that frightened my son and he hid under the table (I promise, it’s not that scary!) My teenagers both liked the show though my jaded older son said it was a “little corny”, but I don’t think that was a bad thing.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark

Who Will Enjoy Pirate’s Dinner Adventure?

If you’re looking for a high-brow, elegant dinner, this is not the place for you. If you like to relax, enjoy live entertainment and can get into the fun atmosphere, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is a great family place! You can read my review of Medieval Times (which is literally a block away from Pirate’s Dinner Adventure) so you can compare the two and see which is the better choice for your family.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is a combination of live theater, 3-course meal and swashbuckling entertainment. Read my honest review on who should go, what the food is like and what to expect during the show. #VisitBuenaPark


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Recipe? Perfect Timing!

It’s been in the high 90s at our house for a few weeks and we don’t have air conditioning. When it’s that hot I do not want to turn on my oven. I do not want to stand over a hot stove. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I have the energy to think about eating because the heat just wears me out! Here’s a quick and delicious way to cook dinner without heating up the house. And clean up is super quick so you can eat and get back in the pool!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I saw a recipe online for pulled pork that required 7 HOURS of cooking in the oven!! Heck no, I’m not turning my oven on that long. You can still get a tender pulled pork in your slow cooker using my recipe. This recipe calls for a 4 lb pork shoulder roast or pork butt (I buy these in bulk at Costco). You could also easily double this recipe if you’re serving more or if you want to freeze half of the cooked meat for another meal.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

I wrap my pork in foil to keep the juices contained as much as possible for moist meat!

Tangy Cabbage Slaw

You could buy one of those bags of pre-cut cole slaw mix but cutting your own cabbage is so cheap and easy. And using fresh cabbage really gives your slaw a great crunch! Consider using some purple cabbage to add color to your slaw. I cut my cabbage on the thicker side with a long bread knife but you can cut it however you wish.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

I picked up these yummy buns in the bakery section of the grocery store. They are heartier than packaged hamburger buns so the bread doesn’t get too soggy when you add the juicy pork and slaw. Serve these sandwiches with a helping of BBQ potato chips and corn on the cob and that’s a tasty meal you don’t have to slave over the hot oven for!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Ingredients

  • 4 lb pork shoulder roast or pork butt
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 4 buns, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced (I used a mix of colors)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Milk, as needed

Instructions

  1. Remove pork from packaging and pat dry. In a medium bowl, mix dry spice ingredients. Add pork and rub on the mixture until pork is covered. Wrap pork tightly inside a sheet of heavy aluminum foil. Place the pork inside the slow cooker then add sliced onions all around inside. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.
  2. When done, use a baster or a measuring cup to carefully remove 1 cup of liquid from the slow cooker and add to a large bowl. Mix in 2 cups of barbecue sauce and combine with the liquid. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and add to the bowl.
  3. Carefully remove the roast from the foil while it's inside the slow cooker and discard foil. Transfer the meat to the bowl with the liquid and onions. Use two large forks to shred the pork with the juices and cooked onions until completely torn apart.
  4. For slaw, use a large bowl to whisk together vinegar, mayo, yogurt, salt and pepper. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until mixture is a good consistency and not lumpy. Add sliced cabbage and chopped red onion, combining with two large spoons until all cabbage is coated with sauce.
  5. Top bottom bun with pork, add a generous portion of slaw and top with bun. You might have to eat this with a fork and knife (that's what I do!)
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Our holiday leftovers are gone and we’re moving into a busy time of year. With two birthdays, several Christmas parties, decorating, wrapping, cooking and crafting along with our favorite holiday traditions all squeezed into the month of December, we have a lot on our plate! On those days when we have lots of other activities going on, it’s nice to have dinner items ready on hand that can be easily popped into the oven and ready to serve.

After Thanksgiving, I still had a huge bag of gold potatoes. Well, my family never gets tired of having mashed potatoes, so I whipped up an extra batch of them and put them in a casserole dish, ready to heat up in the oven during the week. Buttery potatoes, mixed up with cream cheese to make them even more creamy and then topped with sharp cheddar cheese for that extra “zing”. This is an easy, but decadent accompaniment that goes perfectly with chicken pot pie!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Marie Callender’s pot pies at Walmart…quick, easy and budget-friendly!

I stopped by Walmart earlier this week and picked up a Marie Callender’s pot pie for each of us. They were displayed in three places, an end-cap freezer, the main freezer aisle and the Family Size was with other large frozen dinners. I bought three chicken and one beef, just to be different! I already had the potatoes done, just needed to warm them up and set on the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese on top. Mmmm…it was a homey dinner we all appreciated on a chilly night. Marie Callender’s pot pies are warm, filling and taste like homemade.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

We all enjoyed our individual pot pie and delicious potatoes before heading out to walk through our neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. It’s an annual tradition. We were warmed inside out with our satisfying dinner! Here’s how I prepared them.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Aluminum foil strips prevent the crust from burning.

Marie Callender’s pot pies have a delicate golden, flaky crust so I crimped together two strips of aluminum foil and curved them around the edges of the pie to protect the edges. My kids loved having their own pie to themselves but you can also purchase the Family Size that is convenient for serving to guests.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Perfectly golden and flaky crusts!

I enjoy entertaining but don’t always have the time (or money) for large, extravagant meals. The Marie Callender’s Pot Pies are fast, tasty and reasonably priced for serving to guests. Make sure to check out the rebates available right now for the 10 oz or 16 oz size as well as the Family Size.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Serving Marie Callender’s Pot Pies at a family gathering is a great way to share a delicious meal and not spend a ton of time in the kitchen when you could be socializing. Having the Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes prepared ahead of time means you only have to pop the casserole into the oven when guests arrive. Later this month I’ll have guests over for a holiday crafting party and I know just what to serve for dinner!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Broiled cheese send these potatoes over the top!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Ingredients

  • Gold potatoes, approximately 8. Scrubbed, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • Milk
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil potatoes until tender.
  2. Melt butter and cream cheese in a pot over low heat.
  3. Add cooked potatoes and mash, keeping heat low to prevent lumps. Mash potatoes until completely broken apart.
  4. Add seasoned salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle milk into potatoes and mash. Continue to add milk until desired creaminess.
  6. Spoon potatoes into medium casserole dish. Can refrigerate until ready to cook.
  7. If preparing dish straight from the fridge, heat at 350 degrees about 30 minutes, until potatoes are warmed. If preparing dish while potatoes are freshly prepared, skip the warming step.
  8. Sprinkle top of hot potatoes with cheese and set under the oven broiler on high for 3 minutes (check constantly to make sure it does not burn). Cheese should brown and bubble.
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What side dish would you serve with your Marie Callender’s Pot Pie? Check out these meal ideas!

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Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

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Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

My family eats almost all of our meals at home and dinners are always eaten together. Television is off and we gather around to share our day with each other. Everyone participates in setting the table, preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

We dress the table each night with fabric place mats and cloth napkins that I’ve made (tutorial here). Sometimes we light a candle for ambiance. It feels good to eat at home and to share our day around the dinner table but sometimes we need a little “refresh”. I will admit that my kids do get bored with some of the same meals since we tend to serve the same stand-by dishes when time and money is tight.

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

Now that I’m home more often I’ve been inspired by cookbooks at the library and have had the time to expand on our repertoire to the delight of the family…Ooh, butternut squash & spinach lasagna one night, homemade pizza the next!

However nothing brightened their day more than when I served dinner last week alongside a big pitcher of Lipton Iced Tea with dinner!

“There’s tea at the table!”, yelled one of the kids and I’m not kidding, they all came running!

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

A lovely table setting and Lipton Iced Tea for dinner (shirts optional!)

Most of the time each child receives either a small glass of milk or water with their meal, so Lipton Iced Tea was a big-time treat. I was happy to be able to serve them something special after a long week and Lipton Iced Tea is also a healthier choice than soda. It was definitely a complement alongside our ground turkey and pasta and was an extremely refreshing beverage.

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

I picked up Lipton Iced Tea in a 100 count box from Albertsons. So easy to make (the recipe is on their website) You can find the 100 count Lipton tea bags in the tea section and they can be served iced or hot. I served our Lipton Iced tea with a squeeze of lemon and agave sweetener but next time I think I’ll add some frozen berries for a flavor twist!

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

Albertsons and Safeway stores are currently running their Stock Up Sale (from Sept 30th through Oct 13th) 9/30-10/13) and have Lipton Iced Tea 100 count as part of the promotion. This is a great deal and a great way to make every dinner feel special, without breaking the bank!

 

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad


How do you “refresh” your dinner when the family gets bored with the same old thing? Please share in the comments!

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Eat at Home and Save – Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}

My husband and son love beans. Just a simple bowl of beans with maybe a hot buttered tortilla or a chunk of cornbread and they are in heaven.

Me…well, not so much. I don’t really care for beans so imagine when I saw my husband lugging a 15 lb sack of dried pintos home from Costco the other day!

But they are a wonderful source of fiber and are very filling. Important on the budget…they are cheap!And they are easier than you’d think to prepare at home, especially when I used my slow-cooker this time.

In the past beans would take me all day to make and I hated having to babysit the pot to make sure they didn’t boil over. I knew I wanted to try cooking them in a slow-cooker instead. I found a few recipes on Pinterest and tweaked them to suit our needs and came up with a pot of beans that my husband and his uncle were raving about. I think they may have eaten half the pot in one sitting…good thing I doubled the batch! My husband is very picky about what he eats and how food is prepared so believe me, I was beaming that I was able to prepare them well. I even had myself a little bowl, seasoned with a little salt and pepper and you know what, they were good!

This recipe can easily be doubled. You might as well double it, then take half and freeze it in a quart-sized bag to defrost for another meal.


You’ll have to soften the beans first with either a quick soak or an overnight soak.

Quick Soak –

2 cups of pinto beans (picked through first for debris). Boil in 6 cups of water (uncovered). Allow to boil for two minutes then turn off the flame and allow to soak (covered) for one hour.

Overnight Soak –

Soak 2 cups of beans with water about 2″ above the beans overnight. Drain.


RECIPE – Slowcooker Pinto Beans (single recipe, very easy to double) –

1/2 white onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 tablespoons butter until soft.

Pour presoaked beans and 5 cups of water into crock pot. Add 1 can chicken broth. Add onion and melted butter. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Give it a stir, put on the lid and cook low for 7-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Don’t lift the lid…there is no need to stir.

Remember that a slowcooker will retain all the water and moisture so if you want to drain off any of the liquid after cooking you can. We keep it however, since the leftover beans will take on some of that liquid and you don’t want the beans to dry out in the fridge.

Season simply with salt and pepper before serving. My family eats their bowl of beans with a sprinkling of cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  My husband will often add green chilies. He has been using his leftovers to make refried beans, mashing them a bit over a low flame and adding a bit of milk to make them creamy. I’ve been known to add a ham hock to the pot while the beans cook so that the meat falls off the bone into the beans which is pretty darned tasty. Hope you’ll give them a try, beans make quite a versatile meal. And best of all, cheap!

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}


Handy Links:

Livestrong – Are Pinto Beans Healthy?

WebMD – Beans: Protein-Rich Superfoods

Pinterest – Recipes using Pinto Beans

Eat at Home and Save – DIY Recipe- Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad recipe {www.savingupfordisney}

Occasionally we like to take the family to a local all-you-care-to-eat salad and soup buffet. However if we don’t have a coupon, that kind of meal could end up costing us over $30 just for food (no beverages). Even with a coupon it’s still around $20. This homemade pasta meal probably only costs me around $5 to make…and we have leftovers!

Years ago, I tossed together this summery pasta salad for my family. At little of this, a little of that…They loved it! I recreated it for a potluck and it was a hit at the party too. So I took my chance at the County Fair and entered my recipe…and won a second place ribbon!

I’m pretty sure this easy recipe will be a success for your family too. This recipe makes a very large bowl of pasta salad, which is enough for dinner and lunch the next day. And most of these ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. I buy the feta in bulk at Costco (it has a long expiration date) and the Parmesan cheese can be frozen until you’re ready to use. I didn’t have any bow tie (farfalle) pasta this time so I used whole wheat penne which was just as tasty.

I like serving this pasta alongside grilled chicken or kabobs, usually cold leftovers. It goes together quickly so it’s a perfect light meal for warm weather when it’s too hot to cook. I like to make it in the evening and then chill overnight for dinner the following day. Pair it with a hunk of crusty buttered bread and well, that’s just a little bit of heaven right there!

Summer Pasta Salad recipe {www.savingupfordisney}


Summer Pasta Salad

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 can (2.2 oz) sliced olives, drained
  • 16 oz. Bow tie pasta, cooked to directions on box
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Whisk first section of ingredients.
  2. Add second section of ingredients, blending well.
  3. Toss in pasta, mixing well to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and stir.
  5. Can be eaten right away but I like to chill overnight to blend flavors.