simple bean salads

I’m really into bean salads right now. Once I realized how truly simple – yet satisfying – they could be…let’s just say I’m sorry it took me so long.

I like to keep it really basic: no fancy home-made dressings, no crazy chopping of vegetables, just beans + herbs + olive oil + spices and maybe some cheese if it works. I love the complex bean salads, with more flavor, lots of tiny vegetables and delicious dressings, but simple bean salads deserve their place in the world too! This salad has been a lunch staple lately and in my effort to keep lunch-cooking/prep to a minimum, it’s been perfect.

Other Simple Bean Salad ideas:

  • garbanzos + parsley + feta
  • black beans + cilantro + queso fresco
  • garbanzos + mint + feta
  • white beans + chopped arugula + parmesan
  • lentils + red pepper + goat cheese
  • garbanzos + sun-dried tomatoes + parmesan
  • black beans + avocado + cilantro (a splash of oj would be great in this one!)

Am I missing any bean salad staples? Share your favorites below! 

curried lentil turkey soup

This soup was a total accident.

I didn’t have any leftover turkey – or plans for leftover turkey.

But then on Saturday, we decided to pick up a 15 pound turkey and have another round of Thanksgiving. My thoughts immediately went to leftovers. Can you blame me?

Curried lentil soup with turkey came to mind and I had all of the ingredients I needed at home so I turned on the Christmas music, made some tea, pretended it was cold outside and made some soup.

This soup is flavorful, filling and nice and warm for chilly winter nights. I love it topped with a little greek yogurt and fresh cilantro – it adds such a great fresh and creamy touch!

*Use shredded chicken and chicken broth if you don’t have leftover turkey.

 

Curried Lentil Turkey Soup

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Keywords: soup/stew entree gluten-free high fiber high protein fall winter

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

For Soup

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp each: garam masala, tumeric, coriander
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 8 cups turkey (or chicken) broth (or mix of broth and water)
  • 1-14 oz can coconut milk
  • 3-4 cups shredded turkey (or chicken)

For Toppings

  • greek yogurt
  • chopped cilantro

Instructions

Heat oil in large pot.

Add onion and occasionally stir for about 3 minutes.

Add carrots, celery and ginger, cooking for about 5 more minutes.

Mix in seasonings and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add lentils and broth to pot.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes.

Add coconut milk and turkey, bring to a boil and serve.

Top with greek yogurt and chopped cilantro if desired.

If soup is not thick enough, let simmer with no cover until desired consistency.

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What did you make with Thanksgiving leftovers? 

simple & healthy: huevos rancheros

I’ve decided that I need to start making breakfast for dinner more often.

There are a lot of things to love about breakfasts for dinner. In my world, that would mean eggs.

These huevos rancheros are great: flavorful, filling and so budget friendly.

There are many varieties of huevos rancheros, with some more difficult than others, but I decided to go the really easy and simple route. They literally took me 10-15 minutes to pull together. If you want to make your own huevos sauce, Weekly Bite has a great recipe!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Beans (black or pinto)
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: salsa, pico de gallo, huevos sauce, sour cream, fresh cilantro

Steps:

  • Heat up the beans and season as desired
  • Fry the eggs (sunny side up is best, but you could also scramble)
  • Melt the cheddar on the tortilla under the broiler
  • Layer cheesy tortillas with fried egg and salsa and any additional toppings
  • Serve with black beans and vegetable

daily eats: 8.6.12

Hey Guys!

Monday is over, who’s happy? I had a bizarre day on the bus front. I’m not sure if I told you or not, but I’m one of oh, 3 people in LA who can actually ride the bus. (Fine, that is an exaggeration.) But I do feel SO incredibly lucky that it is easy for me to ride the bus! First the bus I ride drove right past me, then I missed the stop that I needed to get off at (good book!) and then on the way home, someone driving by yelled “hey prostitutes!” out the window to myself and a girl from work. I thought my outfit was kind of preppy, but apparently not! :)

Oh, and I’m a little out of practice on the daily eats posts – I forgot to take two pictures! I’m sure you can use your imagination…

Beverages: coffee + coconut creamer. While I prefer the flavor of 1/2 & 1/2, I’m trying to cut down on dairy and find that after a few days of coconut creamer I don’t really notice it anymore. I save my dairy consumption for cheese and greek yogurt.

Breakfast: raspberry & cashew museli (or overnight oats): 1 serving oats + almond milk + 1/2 cup 2% greek yogurt + 3/4 cup raspberries + flax + cashews

Lunch: tuna (1 can) & white bean (2 servings) salad + greens with balsamic dressing

Snack 1: finn crisp crackers (caraway) + 100 calorie pack of guacamole

Snack 2: raw almond butter

Workout: 45 minute spin class

Snack 3: olives

 

Dinner: brown rice + fried tofu + bok choy, asparagus and baby greens saute

Dessert: small square of dark chocolate

Have any good commuting stories to share?