"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

27.6.13

Three Bean Salad #Foodie Friday

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Three bean salad


Beans are such a great alternative to meat. You get both your protein and your fiber from eating them. Once when I was a vegetarian I had my blood tested and the nurse said, 

"I guess you enjoy red meat; your iron count is very high."

When I replied, "I haven't eaten any meat in 5 years." She was shocked.


three bean salad

My iron count was high because I ate tons of beans, especially lentils, kidney beans and black beans which are super high in iron and other great things like Vitamin C and many minerals. 


Beans High in Iron (%DV per cup cooked): Soybeans (49%), Lentils (37%), Kidney beans (29%), Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas) (26%), and Lima beans (25%), Navy (24%), Black Beans (Frijoles Negros) (20%), Pinto (20%), and Black-eyed Peas (20%). 
Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-iron.php#85l5vgSXlcP9gi4b.99 


Three Bean Salad

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 10 minutes                   serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients:

1 15.5 ounce can of Black Beans
1 15.5 ounce can of Cannelloni Beans
1 15.5 ounce can of Kidney Beans
1 small red onion minced
1/3 cup of fresh cilantro minced
1/3 cup of a red pepper minced
1/3 cup of a green pepper minced
1 teaspoon of salt
pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of lime juice


Directions:

1) Drain and rinse all of the beans.

2) Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Check that the salt level is to your liking.

3) Can be served immediately, but it tastes better if it has been refrigerated for at least 1 hour.




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Foodie Friday Features: 



From: Cooking My Way Throught The CSA

Broccoli Carpaccio
Broccoli Carpaccio

A thrifty recipe that uses broccoli stems in the most interesting seasoned salad.




From: Joyful Healthy Eats

Kaula Pork Tacos with Pinapple Salsa
Kaula Pork Tacos with Pinapple Salsa

I would say luau food says, "Hello Summer" like no other food. Salt rubbed pork with pineapple... Aloha.




From: Soliloquy of Food & Such

Vanilla Bourbon Strawberries
Vanilla Bourbon Strawberries

A knock out no bake dessert using the fruit of the season strawberries.



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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen

Wednesday Food:
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Wonderful Wednesdays @Ducks 'n a Row

Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 



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Socca from Vieux Nice #French Fridays with Dorie

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socca

I was 14 years old when I went to Nice with my oldest sister. My clearest memory of the place was not of eating Socca, food was not in our travel budget,... it was of struggling with my bathing suit top. A French boy kept saying something to me that I didn't understand. My sister finally translated. 

"He says why bother?" 

"Because I don't want tan lines." 

"But you don't have to wear a top here."

 I was horrified by the thought of not wearing a top, and yes, at that moment I realized; I was a prudish American.


socca

I have other memories of Nice. The beach is made of pebbles not sand. It was really cool to look at, but very uncomfortable to lay on... and there is a town square. At night my sister and I danced to local French and African bands. Such a beautiful place...

Oh yes, Socca... well my socca's batter looked to thin to me, so I added more, and more, chickpea flour to it. I poured it into a cast iron skillet, because I don't have a pizza pan which Dorie recommended to use. Well, I guess I put too much batter in the pan and the socca came out like cornbread.


socca and sausage

I can't tell you how disappointed my cornbread loving family was when they learned that they were not having cornbread but chickpea floured socca for dinner. They deemed the flavor OK, but the texture.. no go. I agreed it should have been thin. I found the taste simple, but genuinely appealing. The addition of rosemary was a wonderful accent flavor that complemented the spicy sausage and escarole that I sautéed up to serve with this bread.



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


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Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen

Wednesday Food:
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Wonderful Wednesdays @Ducks 'n a Row

Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 

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26.6.13

Simple Healthy Summer Meals #Simple Living in Practice

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pond summer

It is the time of year to lounge by a pool or have a picnic by a quiet pond. It is not a time to spend hours preparing a meal. Fortunately the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer means meals don't need a lot of preparation to be tasty. The following are quick, healthy dishes that you can substitute any vegetables you want into the mix, it will still taste wonderful. 

So relax, it's summer... enjoy the simple things.

Zucchini Tagliatelle
Zucchini Tagliatelle


Giambotta Italian Summer Stew
Giambotta Italian Summer Stew

Frittata: Red Pepper & Onion
Frittata: Red Pepper & Onion

Brushetta: Tomato Salad
Brushetta: Tomato Salad

Escarole & Beans
Escarole & Beans

Zucchini Pancakes
Zucchini Pancakes



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Monday Food:
Meal Plan Monday Organizing Junkie
Mix it Up Monday @ Flour Me With Love's
Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen

Wednesday Food:
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Wonderful Wednesdays @Ducks 'n a Row

Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 


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24.6.13

Seasons App: Eating Locally and Seasonally #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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seasons app
Seasons app

I have been trying to eat more seasonally and locally and I have found the Seasons App extremely helpful. This app can be used in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Enter your location and it will tell you what fruits and vegetables are in season, by categories, by month. It has a search tool if you want to look up when an item is in season... and it can tell you were the closest farmer's market is located, all this for $1.99.

I found it to be a good investment. Eating seasonally and locally is more nutritious, less expensive, better for the environment and it sure reduces meal planning boredom. 

Thanks to this app I have cooked vegetables that I had never heard of: celery root?... and explored new ways to cook rhubarb... along with being reminded to get certain fruits, like cherries, when they are at their peak of flavor.

It is really convenient when you are out shopping to be able to look up produce on your phone. There are several different apps out there. You may want to check out some of the others available, but I really liked this one.

Enjoy the bounty of the season,

Diane


Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Grilled Shrimp with Lime Marinade rice and fruit salad

Meatless Monday: Socca with Spring Pesto 

Tuesday: Taco Lasagna with guacomole and salad

Wednesday: Autumn Mac n Cheese with cucumber salad

Thursday: Cacio e Pepe with garlicky broccoli rabe

Friday: Dinner out

Saturday: Steak on the grill with a Chimichurri rub corn on the cob, salad.


This post is shared on the following food/craft parties be sure to check them out:

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Brag about it @ VMG206

Wednesday Food:
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Wonderful Wednesdays @Ducks 'n a Row

Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 

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