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Asian Sesame Ginger Pasta Salad

Asian Sesame Ginger Pasta Salad

  Are you bored of traditional pasta salad? Yawn at the sight of the proverbial bowl of rotini with Italian dressing at your annual picnic? Well, today I’m going to give you a recipe for a pasta salad with a twist. An Asian twist!   […]

4 Amazing Avocado Dressing Recipes

4 Amazing Avocado Dressing Recipes

I first heard of smashing an avocado onto your salad as a salad dressing last summer, but other than a “that’s weird”, I didn’t give it much thought.   Avocado has long been the star ingredient of my homemade salad dressings, making them thick and […]

5 Tips for Living Your Healthiest Life

5 Tips for Living Your Healthiest Life

 

Happy New Year! What a perfect time to reset our goals and dreams; to recommit to a healthy way of life!

I am so excited about having January come around because that marks the one year anniversary of my being vegetarian! It also marks one whole year since I’ve eaten desserts! A whole year!!

If you only knew how addicted I was to sugar and how I continually fell off the no-sugar wagon, you would be surprised that I could last a day, let alone a year without sugar. I credit God for helping me and making it possible!!

Many times, people who see the change in me, ask, “What did you do?” “Where do I start?” and so I wanted to make a list of what has helped me to stick to a healthier lifestyle for a year, with no going back.

This list is in no particular order. I promise you, all of these things will improve your health and you will feel and look better!

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Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

In today’s recipe, crunchy raw veggies, folded with a creamy dressing, are wrapped in crisp, cool lettuce leaves–perfect for a light lunch or dinner! I’ve had this as a meal several times already and really enjoy it. I got the idea from a picture I […]

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

  I don’t know about you, but I have trouble finding a salad dressing that I like that is low in fat and calories, and dare I dream, even remotely healthy! I came up with this healthy homemade dressing made with fresh ingredients and I […]

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

 

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time.

Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to go kayaking with them, and I was pleasantly exhausted from the trip and ravenously hungry.

At first bite of this dish, I was instantly in love. The warm rice, topped with the chilled bean salad, mixed with the sweet/spicy flavors of the sauces was just heavenly.

 

It is my new favorite meal and I know you’re gonna love it, too!

I could honestly eat this several times a week, and I actually have, usually for lunch! My friend Jeannie generously gave me her recipe, and I immediately went out and bought enough of the ingredients for 3 batches, just to keep on hand in case of emergency cravings!

 

 

Amazing three-bean salad: At first bite of this dish, you will be instantly in love. The warm rice, topped with the chilled bean salad and spicy sauces is just heavenly.

absolutely amazing three-bean salad

  • 2 cans of beans (I used a 3-bean mix, but any will work) rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, drained (or 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 can tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • 1/8 cup – 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, to taste

 

 

Mix everything together in a bowl. Serve over rice (if you like) and top with Sriracha mayo Saucesand Ponzu sauce.

Ponzu is a citrus-based soy sauce and can be found with the Sriracha mayo in the Asian food section of the grocery store. I am not telling you that Sriracha mayo is healthy because it isn’t! So use sparingly. These two sauces really make this dish special, though, so I hope you’ll try them!

 

 

 

 

I like to serve this bean salad in several different ways.

 

Buddha bowl: At first bite of this dish, you will be instantly in love. The warm rice, topped with the chilled bean salad and spicy sauces is just heavenly.

 

 

I like to use it as part of a meal-in-a-bowl (aka. Buddha bowl/lunch bowl, pictured above) and it’s great! To that bowl, I added some cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions. I also love it with chopped green bell peppers.

I have used it as a dip for tortilla chips, and omg. :)

 

Amazing three-bean salad: At first bite of this dish, you will be instantly in love. The warm rice, topped with the chilled bean salad and spicy sauces is just heavenly.

 

It is also wonderful spooned over greens, and if you use those two sauces I mentioned above, you don’t even need salad dressing!

This recipe is even better the day after you make it, so it would be perfect for taking with you for lunch.

 

Have a great week! Till next time! :)

 

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Cheryl at Business Chic.

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