Sunday, February 4, 2018

Welcome guest author Amanda Flower + book #giveaway

Amanda Flower is a national bestselling and Agatha Award- winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. Her newest release is Lethal Licoricean Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Beet Pasta Salad

By Amanda Flower

I work full time as a librarian, and I write full time too. I don’t have a lot of opportunity to cook, and one the tasks I dislike the most is packing my lunch for days I’m at the library. After a while, PB and J really gets old. So I have made up recipes that I can make in bulk that will last me the whole week. And even though I write the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, which are full of sweets, I try to eat as healthy as possible and try to stick to more fruits and veggies in my lunches than candy. Most of the time, I’m successful at that.

One of the recipes that I make a lot is Beet Pasta Salad. It’s fast and easy, and I can pack it perfectly proportioned containers of it for all five days of the work week. I came up with this recipe because I love pasta salad and I love beets. One day, I just decided to put them together. Since I’m a vegetarian, I always have fresh veggies in the house, so I just add whatever vegetables that I have on hand the day I made the salad.

If you are like me and really get tired of sandwiches day after day, this might be the recipe for you.


Beet Pasta Salad


1 can of whole beets
1 16 oz box of penne pasta
Raw vegetables of your choice
Salt and pepper
Italian salad dressing or oil and vinegar

1)    Boil pasta
2)    Rough chop vegetables
3)    Rough chop beets
4)    Mix pasta, vegetables, beets, and Italian salad dressing in a bowl
5)    Add salt and pepper to taste
6)    Refrigerate overnight


Amanda is offering a copy of Assaulted Caramel today to one commenter. So do tell...what do you like for lunch? Leave your email (cryptic if necessary) so Amanda can get in contact with you should you win.

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  1. It all depends on the day, but I like to eat a nice leafy salad with grilled chicken and some little grape tomatoes. 😀

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  2. It really differs. Some days salads & some days sandwiches!

  3. Tomato soup and a grilled cheese, although I love an Indian buffet.
    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

  4. This salad looks very interesting. I am a salad for lunch person, too. When I was teaching, I took my lunch everyday. My preference is a green salad...maybe spinach or kale, or mixed baby greens. Add some cooked, cubed chicken, blueberries and maybe a few nuts or goji berries...some healthy dressing...yum! Thanks for the chance to win a book! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. By the time I get out of work it is 1pm and I spent the last 2 hrs in the lunchroom of my daughter's junior high school... some days all i am in the mood for is cottave cheese and a banana. Other days i am so hungry i get take out from fast food. It all depends on how much ranch and ketsup I am around... too much and all bets are off 🙈

  6. I love yogurt with nuts and berries! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
    Love your books!!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  7. Welcome, Amanda! For lunch, I go with lots of steamed vegetables and lean protein (varies with the day, but usually eggs or nuts/nut butters/seeds).

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  9. I love chicken salad on a croissant. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. I love a good spinach salad for lunch. cathyleeclark(at)yahoo (dot)com

  11. Mindy MattoxFebruary 4, 2018 at 2:31 AM
    Thanks for sharing your beet salad recipe. I love beets,especially in greek salads. It depends on the day,what my kids feel like eating,etc... Some days,I will steam eggs in our egg cooker for egg salad. Sometimes I will wake up extra early to toss ingredients in our slow cooker for homemade soup,that will be ready by lunch time.I may even start a loaf of bread in the bread machine. So we can have bread with soup :) !
    Some days it is bean and cheese nachos. Thanks for the chance to win a book :) ! Mindy_1978_Rene at

  12. If it's a cold day, I love a bowl of hearty soup for lunch. But usually I have leftovers from dinner the night before. Thanks for this opportunity! HawksSB48(at)gmail(dot)com.

  13. I'm a sandwich a Dagwood sandwich. I mostly loved McDonald's grilled chicken ceasar salads for lunch until they discontinued them so I went back to sandwiches. Rootseller55 at gmail dot com.

  14. My favourite lunches are usually a frozen entre. Of the diet variety. At lest when I am at work. On the weekends I prefer a salad. To your recipe I would add a cheese, probably feta. I would vary the dressings depending on what protein I added. Like feta requires Greek dressing.

  15. Since we are retired, we are home to have anything we want for lunch! I love good bread and love a well made sandwich (with chips), but sadly the scale doesn't approve of that! Usually I have a huge tossed salad with some sort of protein and a small piece of fruit for dessert. sharonquiltsatyahoodotcom

  16. Since it is just my husband and I, I try to cook meals for four portions or so, then I can have the leftovers, as I work from home. If I don't have anything, some hummus, olives and veggies is good. Unless it is the season for McRibs and then I must admit I cave. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. I like how the beets turn the pasta pink :-) Leftovers from dinner or PB&J hits the spot for me. ellenjbumblebee(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. I like a nice side of rice with vegetables & a fruit of some kind. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. I like a turkey sandwich with a side of macaroni salad for lunch. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I know it's not healthy but, I usually end up with a cheeseburger for lunch because that's when my son gets off work for the day and that's what he usually wants. But, I only eat 3-4 fries, if that.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  21. For lunch I enjoy soup with a baguette. Summer though a kale salad. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Love reading all these lunch ideas!

  23. I tend to have leftovers for lunch and purposely make a bit extra for dinners with that as the purpose. So lunch can be a reheated pasta dish, enchiladas, roast chicken and vegetables, etc. If I have made some kind of roasted meat, I can also put in the time to make a few slices into sandwiches with all the fixings. But this latter option takes the most effort, all of the usual leftovers for lunch are just scooped into a container and reheated if needed.
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