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Three Bean Salad

ThreeBeanSalad@NancyCreative.com It’s hard to believe summer is almost here! Some days have already been hot and humid–too warm to cook or bake. So that’s when I start thinking of recipes to make like Three Bean Salad. It doesn’t require any cooking at all and is super-easy to make. It’s a great summer side dish for lunch or dinner and perfect for picnics. I decided to try sweetening my version with honey instead of white sugar and that worked out well. You need to make this salad at least 4 hours before you serve it, to give the salad time to marinate…and this is one of those recipes that tastes better the longer it marinates. So making it the night before you serve it works out great, too.

THREE BEAN SALAD by NancyC Makes about 8 servings

  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped (chop both the green stems and the white onion tip)–or you can substitute 1 medium chopped red onion
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • Optional: 1 to 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons honey, depending on how sweet you want it (or substitute 1/2 cup white sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In large bowl, add drained and rinsed beans, then add the chopped green onions and bell pepper; toss all ingredients together with a large spoon. In another bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add the vinegar, oil, honey, mustard powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; whisk together or, if using a jar with lid, shake ingredients together well. Pour this dressing mixture over the bean salad mixture, tossing gently to coat everything well. Chill in your refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight before serving (the taste gets better the longer it marinates). Stir and toss mixture several times as it is marinating. Toss mixture once more right before serving.

Salads like this are great for summer! I really like making no-bake recipes when it’s warm outside. What easy warm-weather recipes do you like to make? Linked to Fiesta Friday, Inspire Me Monday.

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Texas Caviar

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The Super Bowl is just about here and if you’re planning on watching the game, you’re probably deciding on what kind of snacks you want to make. If you’re still looking for ideas, this Texas Caviar is a great recipe to try! Some people also call this Cowboy Caviar. I’ve seen lots of variations on this dip and decided to come up with my own version. Most recipes you’ll see have black beans, black-eyed peas or pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion. I like adding chopped green chiles and avocado to mine. And olives–don’t forget the olives! It’s actually quite a healthy mix of veggies and beans. I used canned diced tomatoes, but you can dice up some fresh ones, and you can use fresh or frozen corn instead of canned. And it tastes great! Serve it with those scoop-style chips and enjoy every bite!

TEXAS CAVIAR by NancyC

Makes 6-8 servings

  • 1 small red onion (or 1/2 large), finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained (or use an equivalent amount of fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (or use a 10-ounce bag of frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives (I used sliced Kalamata olives)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles (or use fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 2/3 cup Italian salad dressing (regular or light)
  • 1 large avocado, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Mix all ingredients, except for the Italian salad dressing, cilantro, and avocado in a large bowl, blending so all ingredients are distributed evenly.

Add the Italian dressing; toss well so all ingredients are coated with dressing.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Then toss with chopped fresh cilantro and avocado.

Put mixture into a large serving bowl or several smaller bowls and serve with tortilla chips.

When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, I have to admit I actually enjoy the commercials the most! I like going to sports games, but watching them on TV just doesn’t hold my interest. What do you like best–the game or the commercials?

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Kris’ Sausage Potato Bake

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One day at work, Matt was telling me about a great dinner his wife Kris had made. He described all the good, healthy things that were in this dish…red potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, turkey sausage…it really sounded good! He and Kris gave me the recipe, and it took me awhile to get around to making it, but I loved it! In this Sausage Potato Bake, all the ingredients are coated in a seasoned chicken broth-olive oil mixture and baked until everything is tender. It’s soooo good, and it’s great for lunch or dinner. It’s a perfect way to use some of your garden veggies, too, this summer!

KRIS’ SAUSAGE POTATO BAKE

Makes about 6 servings

  • 1 (14-ounce) package Turkey Smoked Sausage
  • 4 cups red new potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups peeled small sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper (or yellow or orange bell pepper), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, cut into thin slices or 1-inch chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch slices.

In a very large bowl, combine sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and garlic.

ncSausPotBk2In small bowl, mix chicken broth, olive oil, and seasonings; pour over sausage/vegetable mixture and toss everything to coat. Put this mixture in a 9×13″ or 12×8″ baking dish.

Bake at 400˚F for 35 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let cool a few minutes (your baking dish or pan will be very hot), then serve.

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I love all the different veggies in this, and the smoked Turkey Sausage is really good, too! This is the kind of dish you can enjoy year-round, and it’s so easy to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kris!

What kinds of meals have you been making with your garden vegetables?

Lemon Pepper Garbanzo Salad

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Since I love hummus so much, I’ve been interested in trying more recipes using garbanzo beans, or chickpeas. So when I saw this recipe from Spice Islands, I thought I’d give it a try. I love all the healthy, colorful ingredients this Lemon Pepper Garbanzo Salad has in it! I added just a bit more lime juice and lemon pepper seasoning because I like the tanginess of those flavors. And I mistakenly used a whole can of black beans instead of the 1 cup the original recipe called for, but I liked it with the extra black beans. The chopped veggies add a flavorful crunchiness when combined with the black beans and garbanzo beans, and the seasonings in this salad give it a great taste. It’s easy to make, so try it out when you get a chance!

LEMON PEPPER GARBANZO SALAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Spice Islands

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup celery, diagonally cut in 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1 medium-sized pepper)
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1 medium-sized pepper)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cilantro
  • 2 to 2 1/4 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine beans, celery, peppers, and red onion in a large serving bowl.

Mix cilantro, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic, cumin, vinegar, lime juice, and olive oil in a separate bowl. Pour over bean and pepper mixture and stir to thoroughly combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour to blend flavors, then serve.

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All those colorful ingredients are a feast for the eyes, aren’t they? It’s a great side dish and if you want to make a meal out of it, you can serve a cup of this over lettuce greens–you won’t need to use any other dressing with this flavorful mix of beans and veggies!

Ham and Asparagus Quiche

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Quiche is one of my favorite breakfast foods and asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. So of course I had to try this quiche recipe when I saw it at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage! To save time, I was going to use a frozen unbaked pie shell  instead of making my own crust. As I started preparing the ingredients, it just didn’t seem like everything would fit in just one pie shell, so I changed the recipe slightly and ended up with two delicious quiches! In addition to ham and asparagus, the quiche also has red bell pepper, mushrooms, and green onions, so it’s filled with lots of delicious veggies. If you don’t like ham, you could substitute chicken or turkey. Or if you’re not a meat-eater, you could increase the amounts of the veggie ingredients to make up for the ham and it would still be delicious. This is a great breakfast or brunch item you can serve any time of the year…and it goes great with Kiwi-Cantaloupe Fruit Salad!

HAM AND ASPARAGUS QUICHE by NancyCreative, adapted from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Makes 2 quiches

  • Two 9″ unbaked pie shells (I used Pillsbury® Pet Ritz® Frozen Pie Crusts)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus, plus asparagus spears to garnish the top, if desired (you can use 6 to 9 spears for each quiche in a spoke-like pattern on top, or just lay one long spear across the top of each quiche, which is what I did)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (about 3/4 to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms (or you can substitute canned mushroom pieces)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup green onions, chopped (chop both the onion tops and the stems)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried Thyme)
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1 cup ham, chopped in small cubes

Prepare your favorite pie crust or use unbaked frozen pie crusts, thawed for about 5 minutes. Bake crusts at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, just until they begin to turn brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

In a hot skillet, melt 2 Tablespoons butter and add the chopped asparagus, red bell pepper, mushrooms, green onions, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Saute the mix until the onions begin to turn translucent. Remove from heat, set aside, and let cool.

In a large bowl, beat 7 eggs at room temperature with 2 cups half & half. Add  1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, parsley, and thyme; mix well. Add 2 cups of the Swiss cheese, the chopped ham, and the sautéed vegetables, and blend, distributing the ingredients evenly in egg mixture.

With the remaining cup of shredded Swiss cheese, sprinkle 1/2 cup over the bottom of each lightly browned pie crust. Pour the egg, ham and vegetable mixture into the pie crusts, dividing mixture evenly between the two. Place whole asparagus on top for garnish, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool completely before serving.

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