Banza Banza Banza

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For those of you who follow me on instagram (@happyslimhealthy) you likely have picked up on my minor....ok major...love affair with Banza Pasta! I love it for a few main reasons, that I don't think I have ever shared with you all. So here we go -

1.) I am not a chef, I am not anything that would ever be considered close to a chef, but creating things with this ingredient makes me feel like one.

2.) It is so versatile it literally tastes good with any and everything.

3.) It cooks in about 6-7 minutes

4.) Its good hot or cold

5.) It contains so much fiber and protein it literally makes my life so much easier

I could go on and on, but if you haven't tried it yet, you are really missing out. Due to its high protein and fiber content, portion control is basically built in to these little power house noodles, they act as your serving of complex carbohydrate at your meal while at the same time providing a source of protein. Literally it doesn't get better than that. So with that said, here is my latest banza perfect creation!

 

Banza Greek Pasta Salad!

I suggest to make a big bowl of this and make it last 3-4 meals.

In order to do this and keep it freshest and easiest to portion control though, keep your chicken, pasta and veggies in 3 separate containers and then assemble when ready to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 6oz kalamata olives, chopped (I used 2 of the little pre-portioned 3 oz. snack cups and chopped them up!)
  • 2 cups cooked Banza pasta – any shape
  • 1/2 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

Mix all together (except the Banza) in a large bowl or Tupperware. When ready to eat, fill a bowl with your veggie mixture, or Tupperware to take to work and add in ½ cup cooked Banza.

For each serving prepare the following dressing: 1/2 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, a pinch of each of salt, pepper and oregano and then a 1/2 tsp honey. Shake and mix all together.

To complete each meal, add 1/4 cup shredded rotisserie chicken (from your meal prep!) to each and top with 1 tbsp feta cheese.

After you make it, tag me on instagram so I can see your beautiful creations!

Enjoy!