According to the calendar it's too early but a look at the Daily Thread and I know a lot of us are thinking about cool and easy summer dinners. What's on your menu?
I'm looking for new bean salads, of course Last night we tried Pinto Bean Salsa Salad because I have lots of pinto beans and need recipes for them. I served it on a bed of chopped salad with some sauteed asparagus on the side and it was a perfect warm weather dinner. The recipe includes corn but you can leave that out or substitute another ingredient, small white beans or some chopped veggies?, for it.
Today I'm having Kalyn's White Bean Salad with Tuna & Parsley, made with fresh parsley from the garden and water-packed tuna, not oil-packed. I have made versions of this salad for years, with and without tuna.
So good and so ridiculously easy.
This Bulgur and Chickpea Salad with Mint and Parsley looks pretty good too - but based on other recipes, I would add chopped tomatoes or red pepper. And maybe skip the cinnamon? I know it's healthy, but to me sounds weird here. But maybe I should try it first...
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Tonight I'm squeezing dinner between a vet visit and a walk so it's a quickie. We're having veggie scramble - basically spinach and peppers scrambled with eggs and served with salsa and beans. There's usually more veggie than egg
Baby steps, getting back on track 2015. Moving the next 10 lbs by the end of the summer.
Maintaining 48 lb loss since 2008, working off regain to a sensible maintenance level. 65 lbs and counting!
I am absolutely lovin' my supper....fajita salad!! This one has romaine, fresh tomatoes, sauteed onion and colored pepper, salsa, and a bit o' guac and sour cream. Delish! (oh, and taco seasoned chicken breast)
One of my summer favorites is cracked wheat (bulgar) salad. Easy to do:
Put some cracked wheat in a bowl and barely cover it with boiling water and cover it. Just leave it out on the counter till it has absorbed all the water. If any water is left, squeeze it out real good in a tea towel. If you just barely cover it, you shouldn't have to squeeze. I usually leave it out an hour or two.
Then load it up with goodies..tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta (I like the tomato basil feta for this), black beans, finely chopped red onion, chopped up fresh spinach or whatever else you want to add like raw squash etc. I make a balsamic vinegarette out of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, creole seasoning, and herbs out of the garden (tarragon, parsley, basil). You can also add "meaty" stuff like chicken or my favorite, grilled shrimp. Even better the next day. I really load it up so that the bulk of the salad is veggies.
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Last edited by femmecreole : 06-02-2010 at 08:15 AM.
3 bean salad: green beans, dark kidney beans, and chickpeas marinated in the fridge for at least a day in olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and other seasonings ( a homemade italian dressing, basically). Yum-o!
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