Four-Bean Salad = YUM

In my efforts to get back on track eating-wise, I’ve been looking for some new recipes to spice things up a bit. Something new to excite my palate, yet something low-fat and low-carb to stay in line with the way I need to be eating.

I stumbled across a recipe for a bean salad on Pinterest and thought it looked pretty yummy. This in and of itself is rather remarkable because bean salad is something I would’ve never eaten a few years back.  But this one looked good and I happened to have the ingredients on hand so I gave it a try.

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The results were simply marvelous. I have been munching away on this for a few days now and it only gets better with time.

As usual, I made a few modifications so I thought I’d share my recipe with you here. It’s basically the same thing, with a little more seasoning & veggies thrown in.

The combination of crunchy veggies and creamy beans is just very satisfying and the coolness of the salad is great on a hot summer day. I’ve served it alongside dinner as a side dish the last couple nights. SuperMan and I have really enjoyed it.  The kids didn’t care too much for it, but  I’m sure they will warm up to the idea over time. Their palates are drastically improving this summer and they are trying all sorts of new things. I’m so proud of them.  So this bean salad will stay on the rotation for us and I hope they’ll learn to like it in time.

Four Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1 can black eyed peas
1 can sweet corn
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 ribs celery
1/2 Vidalia (sweet) onion

Italian dressing (about 1 1/2 cups)

Houston House Seasoning
Mrs. Dash Garlic Seasoning
salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly rinse & drain the beans and corn.
  2. Finely dice the vegetables.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans and vegetables.
  4. Pour the Italian Dressing over the top and mix thoroughly.
  5. Season with about 1 tsp of the House seasoning, 1-2 tsp of the Mrs. Dash and salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Chill for about an hour before serving.

You may need additional dressing and/or salt/pepper at serving.

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Houston House Seasoning

1 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1/4 cup onion powder

Mix all thoroughly. For storage, reuse a large seasoning bottle (I reused my leftover garlic powder jar) or a Ziploc-type baggie.

Five on Friday

I thought I’d share with you five recent blog posts I’ve enjoyed – a couple are food-related (of course) and some are not. All are worth a click-over to see what they are about.

(all of the images are from the blog posts themselves)

Let’s start with some food ones:

1. Homemade Oreo Ice Cream. Uh, yeah, how could this not make it onto my top 5 list? It’s not the same recipe as the one I already have for Oreo Ice Cream, but it looks really, really good. Now that I have an ice cream maker, I’m going to have to give this one a try.

photo from the Mother Huddle

2. Here’s a terrific-looking salad I want to try one day – especially when I have some leftover grilled chicken to put on it. Fiesta Ranch Vinaigrette Spinach Salad. Yum.

3. Here’s an idea I am using to make my own back deck a little more home-y and welcoming – hanging baskets! Now, if you know me, you know that I generally DO NOT have a green thumb. I usually kill green things – not out of neglect, but more out of over-loving, I think. Anyway, I’ve got some ferns and impatiens growing on the deck this year, thanks to this inspirational post and we’ll see how long they live!

I’m trying really hard here to make this Five on Friday not just about food – wonder why all my bookmarked posts seem to be about food? Hmmm…

 

4. AH! Here’s a great craft idea to do with the kids as a matter of fact, I’d forgotten about it – Maybe I’ll take them to the craft store today and they can get the stuff to make these. So cute. The folks over at Make and Takes always have such cute ideas.

Okay, here’s the final one… and it was difficult finding one that was just right to round out my top 5 today but I think this fits just perfectly. (and of course, it’s another food one)

5. Lemon Coconut Pound Cake. Doesn’t it just make your mouth water to look at the picture? I mean, really?  Yummy!  I think I’m going to whip this up for a little get-together I’m going to this weekend. I’ve got some lemons on the counter and most of the other ingredients in the pantry, so it will be a fun experiment.

Okay, so that’s my top five for the week. I’ve got about a hundred other to share with you, but I’ll stop here…

What about you? Any top pick posts you have read this week? Share with us in the comments!