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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

THE EASIEST THREE BEAN SALAD

Side dishes have always been part of the meal and they usually consist of potatoes, rice, or pasta.  If you're like me, sometimes a change in sides is necessary and this three bean salad definitely compliments any meal.  I have used it with pork chops, steak kabobs, chicken, and even fish.  It's fast, easy, and tasty.  Not to mention, healthy!

Beans or legumes provide essential nutrients such as Vitamin B, folic acid, iron, and calcium.  They are a good source of protein and fiber which takes the body longer to break down and, thus, makes you feel fuller longer.  Adding legumes to your diet can help reduce heart disease and some cancers.  What a powerful little bean.  Maybe Jack was onto something growing that beanstalk. 

So try this simple recipe for Three Bean Salad.  It's a favorite of mine and hope you'll like it too.  Here's to your good health!

THREE BEAN SALAD

Total Time:  15 minutes
Serves 10-12

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can Dark Red Kidney Beans, washed and drained
1 15 oz can Cannellini Beans, washed and drained
1 15 oz can Garbanzo or Chick Peas, washed and drained
1/4 sweet onion or red onion
1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients, except the Italian salad dressing.  Gently mix the ingredients until well combined.  Gently stir in the Italian salad dressing.  Refrigerate for at least one hour and serve.

Note:  This makes quite a bit and it stores well in the refrigerator for at least one to one and a half weeks.


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