Out of her generosity and indifference towards imported ingredients, a family friend gave us a HUGE jar of Kalamata olives from Greece and some boxes of fancy pasta from Italy.
First thing came to mind was pasta salad! So I boiled a serving of the pasta with a dash of salt to al-dente, just as I prefer it when serving it cold.
While waiting for the pasta to boil, I chopped a handful of olives and whatever else I could find in the fridge (broccoli, pickle, and carrot made this such a nutritious meal). Add a bit of grated parmesan cheese, and stir everything in one bowl with the cooked and strained pasta.
Yum! So that was my lunch for today. Coincidentally, it's meatless Monday too! :)