Garbanzo Bean Salad with Avocado

GARBANZO BEAN SALADAs I transition into spring and add many more green salads to my day, I like to have bean salads to add for nutrition and variety. Here is my latest!

1 can garbanzo beans preferably no salt well rinsed

1/4 cup finely diced red onion

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup of cilantro leaves chopped (do not like cilantro just sub in parsley!)

1 lime zest half and juice of whole lime.

1/2 bell pepper diced. (I used a yellow pepper in the photo)

1/2 avocado diced

1tsp olive oil

Add all ingredients in a bowl except avocado. Toss well to blend. Add black pepper and a little salt to taste. Add avocado and toss gently. Best if allowed to refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors blend!

HEARTY VEGETABLE SOUP

This soup leaves itself open to a lot of substitutions using whatever vegetables you have in the refrigerator. The point however is to have the widest variety of vegetables possible, as this is the most healing!

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

veg-soup22 medium onions chopped

3 stalks celery chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 medium green pepper chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

3 cups cabbage chopped

2 cups chopped broccoli

2 cups green beans cut to 1 inch (frozen is fine)

8 cups low sodium vegetable broth

2 cups water

1 cup tomato sauce

1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 15 ounce can kidney or pinto beans

1 bay leaf

4 cups chopped spinach (or 10 ounce package frozen spinach)

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (optional but delicious)

Heat oil in a large soup pot and add onions, celery, carrots, bell pepper and garlic. Cook stirring frequently until softened, 5-6 minutes, Add cabbage and stir 3 minutes more. Add broth, water, broccoli, tomato sauce, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered until all vegetables are soft, 20-25 minutes. Stir in spinach and simmer 10 minutes more. Stir in basil, remove bay leaf and serve! (Always better the next day if there are leftovers!)

10- 2 cup servings

 

 

 

HEALTHY CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP”BLISS”BALLS

bliss-ballsThis a recipe that I adapted from one that “Forks over Knives” shared. They are easy, delicious and filled with healthy ingredients. Perfect for snacks or guiltless dessert. I found them very easy to make.

1C rolled oats
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/4C sunflower seeds
1/4C good quality chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries (I used Eden brand tart cherries)
1t pure vanilla extract
3/4t sea salt (can be omitted)

Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped
Add 1-2T water to help bind ( I needed to use 2 T)
Scoop 1T of mix and gently roll it into a ball, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes
Transfer to a wire rack to let cool

LEMONY QUINOA SALAD

This salad is super easy to make. Add more vegetables and herbs as suit you!
I make this salad as part of my weekly plan. It is delicious on hot nights paired with a green salad or alone for a light lunch! Lasts 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

quinoa salad1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package
directions and cooled.
4 small radishes sliced or cubed
1 carrot diced
1 celery diced
1/4 cup red onion diced
1 cucumber diced (remove seeds if necessary)
Dressing
1/2 a lemon zested
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix quinoa and vegetables in a bowl.
Place ingredients for dressing in a small container with a lid
(like a small mason jar), shake and drizzle on salad. Mix to combine
Taste and season!

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