The flavour of this fibre-packed salad only gets better as it sits. Consider making it on Sunday and taking it to work for healthy lunches the following week.
1 - 19 oz (540 g) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 19 oz (540 g) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 19 oz (540 g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 - 10 oz (283 g) can mandarins, drained
2 celery stalks, sliced thinly
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
1 cup (250 mL) curly parsley, chopped
1/3 cup (80 mL) apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp (30 mL) agave syrup
1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lime
In large bowl, mix beans, tomato, mandarins, celery, onion, and parsley.
For dressing, whisk together vinegar, agave syrup, oil, salt, and pepper in small bowl.
Add dressing to bean mixture; toss to coat.
Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Place bean salad in serving bowls and drizzle with lime juice. Garnish with hempseeds if desired.
Each serving contains: 410 calories; 17 g protein; 11 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 64 g carbohydrates; 15 g fibre; 946 mg sodium
Tip: While there are plenty of good-for-you varieties of canned beans available from natural health retailers, those same retailers often sell dried beans in their bulk sections. If canned goods aren’t your thing, make your own beans—it’s easy! Rinse your dried beans carefully to ensure no dirt or other foreign matter; soak your clean beans in plenty of fresh water overnight; in the morning simply drain, rinse well, and then boil in fresh water for 10 minutes. That’s it! Now your dried beans are ready for use in this or any other recipe.
source: "The Joy of (not) Cooking", alive #334, August 2010
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
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