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Here’s a quick and easy one dish summer meal that’s great for hot days including a delicious Pasta Veggie Fruit Salad recipe and Banana Split Cake!

Quick and Easy Pasta Veggie Fruit Salad

Quick and Easy One Dish Summer Meal

Tips:

  • Keep a toothbrush in your kitchen to clean things like graters, beaters, chopper blades and other hard to clean small items.
  • Keep another toothbrush in your kitchen to clean places like around your faucets, appliance knobs, sink drain, etc.
  • Use Dow bathroom cleaner in the kitchen to clean anything with grease on it. I just spray it on and it literally melts away the grease and dirt. It is especially good to use for places like the back of the stove where the knobs are or on shelves where that greasy kitchen grime can build up.
  • Don’t just wipe things in a kitchen with a wet rag. Not only are you not cleaning anything, you are probably making it worse. Use soapy water to wipe things down.

    Hot soapy water cleans almost everything, especially in the kitchen, but it doesn’t hurt every once in a while to put some Clorox in your dish water to use to wipe things. Remember, you don’t need half a cup of bleach, only a capful or two. Stop worrying so much about what a few drops of Clorox is going to do to your family and worry more about what food poisoning will do to them because you didn’t clean the right way with the right stuff.

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Menu:

Try this quick and easy one dish summer menu!

Pasta Veggie Fruit Salad*
Bread, Butter and Jam
Corn on the Cob
Banana Split Cake*

 

Recipes:

This Pasta Veggie Fruit Salad recipe is a wonderful dish to make up in the morning. Then, when dinner time comes and everyone is hot and tired, just set this dish on the table. Voila! Dinner is served.

Pasta Veggie Fruit Salad Recipe

1 1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup green grapes, halved
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (6 oz.) water chestnuts, drained
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped

Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ranch dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta. While it is cooking, chop rest of ingredients and mix. Mix dressing together. Add pasta and mix everything. Chill. Garnish with toasted slivered almonds if desired.

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Banana Split Cake

Crust:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Mix and spread into 13×9 pan. Chill

Filling:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar

Cream together. It will crumble at first, but keep mixing until smooth. Spread on crust.

Topping:

1 container of whipped topping
1 can (15 oz.) pineapple, crushed or chunks (your choice)
1-2 bananas
Strawberries or other fruit
Ice cream topping
Nuts or toffee bits
Maraschino cherries

Slice bananas on filling, top with pineapple and then any other fruit you want. Spread with whipped topping. Drizzle with either chocolate, caramel, butterscotch sauce or favorite ice cream topping. Sprinkle with nuts and garnish with cherries.

 

For lots of quick and easy menus with recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less, check out our Quick And Easy Menus On A Dime menu guide.