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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)

4.29.2009

Here's the Dish ~ White Bean Salad

I’m on a healthy eating kick . . . sorta. I don’t believe in restricting yourself from enjoying the foods you love. Doing so has backfired on me numerous times, and I end up pigging out on something like pizza (my favorite) and then regretting it later. Instead, I think you should enjoy those foods in moderation, and try to fit in the healthy stuff as much as possible. I’m trying to cut the “bad” stuff out of our diet ~ i.e., trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and all that other stuff that’s hard to make sense of on the nutrition label. Hubby and I are carnivores, but I am trying to limit the amount of red meat we eat by substituting with vegetarian meals. Essentially, my goal is to cut out those processed convenience foods and eat as many fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains as possible. That definitely requires more time and planning, but it’s worth it in the end. Good thing I love to cook! This wonderful bean salad recipe comes from the November 2008 issue of Natural Health magazine. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. This salad was very tasty and it took very little effort to prepare. In fact, I really can’t wait to plant my garden so that I can use freshly homegrown herbs in it. Give this healthy recipe a try, I highly recommend it!
White Bean Salad
Ingredients:
1 15–ounce can Great Northern Beans
1 bulb fennel (you can use celery instead, although the fennel adds great flavor)
1 small red bell pepper
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 clove garlic, minced (I used more, cuz I loooove garlic)
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions: 1. Drain and rinse beans and place them in a large bowl.
2. Cut fennel into thinly sliced pieces about 1/2 inch in length. Dice red pepper into 1/2-inch pieces. Add fennel and pepper to beans.
3. In a blender, combine orange juice, vinegar, olive oil, basil, mint, and garlic, and purée until smooth. Add to beans and fennel and toss to coat.
4. Season with salt and pepper.
Serves 2-3

3 comments:

jacjewelry said...

This looks delicious and nutritious! The combination of flavors sounds wonderful - fresh basil, mint, garlic, orange juice... all my favorites!

Kacie said...

I have all the ingredients. Can you say, "tonight's dinner menu?"

Thanks for the great recipe.

Teacup Mosaics said...

Looks great, its on the menu this week, thanks for sharing.