Here's a family favorite for these warm evenings when you'd much rather be outside than standing over the stove. It's easy to put together, can be made a day ahead and feeds a bunch on very little money!
Cowboy Pasta Salad
1 lb. pasta, I use whole wheat and whatever shape I have
1/2 Cup light mayonaise
1/3 cup your favorite barbeque sauce
1/2 cup chopped black or green olives, or a mix
1 can rinsed and drained black beans
1 cup rinsed and drained corn, either a can or frozen will do
1 chopped green onion
1 chopped tomato
Cook and drain the pasta. Mix the mayo and the barbeque sauce and pour over the pasta. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. To make this a main dish meal, chop 1-2 grilled chicken breasts, some chopped ham or turkey or 1/2 lb. cooked and drained hamburger.
This is really better if it sits a day in the fridge. Wait until just before serving to add the tomato and the meat.
This makes a great picnic meal because it's a main dish meal.
Now go out and have fun! Dinner's already done!