Monday, May 30, 2011

EAT: Simple.

There are many staples that reside in my refrigerator.

One such staple is any variation of a bean salad.

Beans are so delicious, so filling, so cheap, so good for you and so easy to work with.

You can vary this bean salad in hundreds of ways.  Here is the basic recipe I work with:

- 2 cans of beans, drained (my favorites are garbanzo beans or black beans, but any will do!)
- 2 cans of corn, drained
- a handful of chopped grape tomatoes
- a diced pepper (any color you prefer)
- the juice of half of a lemon or lime
- spices to taste.  I like to use salt, pepper, cumin and red pepper.
- a bit of olive oil

Mix it all together and chill in the refrigerator.

You can vary it in so many ways.  
Some additional add ins I love include:
- diced cucumber
- diced celery
- chopped carrots
- diced green onions
- chopped broccoli
- feta cheese

And you can vary the seasoning in many ways as well.
It is delicious with:
- olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper whisked together
- olive oil, red wine vinegar, a dash of tabasco sauce,  lemon juice, a few tablespoons of sugar and salt and pepper whisked together.
- italian dressing and salt and pepper
- salsa and salt and pepper
- a packet of taco seasoning
- or any other combinations you would like!

And I love eating this salad on it's own, topped on spinach, over pasta, in burritos, or even with chips.

It is a great part of a go-to meal and I hope you enjoy it!

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