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Southwest Spinasta Salad Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked whole-wheat Rotini pasta or any other whole-wheat pasta 2 cups baby spinach leaves, rough chopped 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1/4 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese, shredded

Southwest Dressing: 2 Tbsps olive oil 1Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/4 cup light mayonnaise 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp chili powder 1 dash crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions: Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, rinse it under cold water, and put it in the refrigerator to chill. In a large bowl, combine together the chilled pasta, spinach, red bell pepper, red onion, and parmesan cheese. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic, light mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper together. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy or refrigerate and serve later. Adapted from

Folic acid awareness week falls in the month of January. Folic Acid (also known as Folate) is abundant in legumes, fruits and dark leafy greens such as spinach. Spinach helps prevent constipation, keeps your blood sugar in a normal range, and contains antioxidants that can help fight cancer. The folate in spinach also helps with creating new cells in the body which is beneficial for your cardiovascular system. Spinach helps with your digestive system, and is an excellent source of vitamin A. Equally important, USDA recommends eating foods high in folate for women thinking about becoming pregnant or who are, already pregnant. This B vitamin is highly beneficial when taken before and during pregnancy because it can help prevent Spina Bifida and other deficiencies. Consult your physician on the recommendations for Folate or Folic Acid.

What is a serving?  1 medium-sized fruit/vegetable  1 cup fresh, frozen, canned fruit/veggie  1 cup/8 oz.-100% fruit/vegetable juice  2 cup raw leafy greens  ½ cup dried fruit

SPINACH Nutrition Facts: Serving size 1 cup, chopped (30g) Calories 7

Calories from Fat 1 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 0g


Saturated Fat 0g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 24mg


Total Carbohydrates 1g


Dietary Fiber 1g


Protein 1g


Vitamin A

56 %

Vitamin C






*Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. *Recommended Daily Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables Ages, 5-12 2 ½ -5cups per day

Teens, 13-18 3 ½ -6 ½ cups per day

Adults, 19+ 3 ½ -6 ½ cups per day

*if you are active, eat the higher number of cups per day.

Southwest Spinasta Salad  

Try this delectable salad with fresh spinach and whole wheat pasta it is sure to be a hit and is a healthy option!

Southwest Spinasta Salad  

Try this delectable salad with fresh spinach and whole wheat pasta it is sure to be a hit and is a healthy option!