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Pasta & Bean Salad

Here’s something a little different from the standard pasta salad, I kicked it up a notch with the addition of a five bean mix. It’s adds a nice touch as well as making the salad a little more wholesome and healthy.

I know pasta salad tends to be more of a summer BBQ dish, but we’ve been having such beautiful weather here lately, cool air and warm sun. I was also going to say that it’s a great autumnal dish, but apparently it’s already Winter. How did that happen?

Pasta & Bean Salad

Pasta & Bean Salad

Pasta & Bean Salad


  • 250 go pasta
  • 2 cans four/five bean mix
  • 1 capsicum (I used a 1/3 each of red, green and yellow)
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup French salad dressing
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)


Cook your pasta as per packet instructions, make sure your pasta is aldente, soggy pasta is no good for a pasta salad. Finely dice your onion and chop your capsicum into tiny cubes. Make your dressing by mixing together the mayonnaise, salad dressing and salt. In a bowl combine your pasta, canned beans, onion and capsicum. Drizzle on the dressing and give it all a good mix.


Overnight Oats

I’m not sure many of you have heard of this before, but it is a must try. I have been obsessed with it since the first time I made it a few weeks ago and have it for breakfast nearly everyday. It’s easy and delicious and especially good for summer, since it involves no cooking. Yes, you read right ‘no cooking’!!! Try the basic recipe below, I’ll be putting up some variations in the coming weeks.

Overnight oats

Basic overnight oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tblsp chia seeds*

1-2 tsp honey or other sweetener (adjust to your sweetness tastes)

*chia seeds can be found in health food shops, it is an ancient seed that’s full of protein and omega 3 and 6, it also helps you stay fuller for longer

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and put it in the fridge overnight. Top with yoghurt, fresh fruit or nuts and enjoy!┬áThis recipe is that simple, the oats soak up all the liquid and are soft and perfect in the morning.┬áBe warned though, it doesn’t look like much, but it can be really filling. Overnight oats, a breakfast 12 hours in the making.