Traditional bean salads, especially those from the can or from the deli, are very low on colourful fresh ingredients and seasonings. It’s well worth the effort to chop up some vegetables to add to this dish. Anything seasonal will work, even zucchini and carrots, or green beans, asparagus, and bell peppers. This salad is filling enough to be used as a main meal, light lunch, or as a side dish. It is also a versatile and easy potluck item. Be sure to use plenty of parsley as it is a good source of vitamin C, iron, and calcium.
1 14-oz (398 mL) can chickpeas or navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 14-oz (398 mL) can red kidney beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup (250 mL) cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 cup (250 mL) cucumber, thinly sliced and cut into quarters
1/2 cup (125 mL) red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 mL) parsley, chopped
1/3 cup (75 mL) apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp (2 mL) natural brown sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
In large salad bowl, mix together beans, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and parsley. In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour this dressing over bean salad and stir gently. Refrigerate before serving. Serves 6.
source: "Full of Beans", alive #277, November 2005
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.
This versatile salad featuring chickpeas in a bright, fragrant dressing, holds well in the fridge. Make it in advance or keep it for leftovers. Nigella seeds, also known as kalonji, lend a sweet, nutty flavour with an ever-so-slightly bitter edge that pairs perfectly with sweet potato’s sweetness. Chickpeas please! Chickpeas are a great source of dietary fibre; just 1 cup (250 mL) contains 42 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They’re also a very good source of manganese, which is important for calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation.