My youngest daughter is a busy stay-at-home mom who always finds time to get together with me on Fridays for lunch.  I try to make meals that are tasty, quick and easy, and reduced in fat and calories.  Here is what we enjoyed this week.

I’ve been making this salad for several years, adjusting and lightening it as I went.  It’s a good salad to make for a quick lunch, using whatever fresh vegetables are on hand.  A nice-sized serving is 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.

TUNA AND VEGGIE PASTA SALAD

2 cups of dry pasta, cooked and drained
½ cup light mayonnaise (Hellman’s Olive Oil)
1 Tblsp. granulated sugar
3 Tblsp. red wine vinegar
Sprinkling of salt and pepper
One cup of assorted chopped vegetables (red or green peppers, tomatoes, onion, celery,  cucumber, etc.)
One 5 oz. can of white albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked
2 Tblsp. chopped cilantro (optional)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.  Add the pasta along with the chopped vegetables and tuna.  Add cilantro or other fresh herbs if desired.

Chill for at least an hour.

Makes 6 generous cups of salad 

A serving of 1-1/3 cups = 235 calories, 8.0 g fat, 31.4 g carb, 9.2 g protein, 1.5 g fiber

Weight Watchers Points Plus = 6

For dessert, we enjoyed Grandma Martha’s Rice Pudding and Lemon Sauce – 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.