Friday, September 30, 2011

Beans, Beans, the magical fruit . . .

Newsflash: I grew up in Idaho. We don't eat beans--well, we eat the green kind out of the garden. But we didn't have rice and beans, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc. I didn't like them anyway, so I didn't feel deprived.

The problem is that beans are SO good for you. Me. Us. I've learned to like them more as my tastes have "grown up". I like them tossed on a salad, or in soups. And Brad's dad made a mean pot of beans when he was here and I loved them. Dad, I need that recipe! My biggest problem is I have no idea what to do with them unless a recipe specifically calls for them.

So one day my sister-in-law, Kristin, makes this incredible recipe. She claims she doesn't cook, but I don't believe it. Well, I believe that she doesn't bake because her oven is spotless. Mine is a sad, pitiful mess. And technically, this recipe doesn't require 'cooking'. But it's soooooo good.

Is it bean dip? Or bean salsa? Or bean salad? I can't decide. I eat it on tortilla chips. I eat it on tacos. I eat it over rice. I eat it with chicken. I eat it with a spoon. I made it on Saturday and I've eaten it with almost every meal. I almost put it on top of the lemon bread. But then I got a hold of myself. It's still just as good today as the day I made it. In fact the picture below was taken 2 days after it was made. Still fresh as a daisy.

Take a look at this healthy deliciousness. Think you don't like beans? Try this recipe.
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can great northern beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
4 - 5 tomatoes diced
2 avocados diced
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped

Drain all canned items. Rinse beans. Combine all ingredients into a bowl.

1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Wisk together until combined. Pour over bean mixture. Toss.

1 comment:

  1. This made a huge bowl, I think I will share some with my neighbor. I actually doubled the sauce, we like things saucy around here! We had tacos, cornbread fritta and added the bean salad to our tacos with sour cream and cheese it was amazing
    However, the store was out of fresh cilantro, the dried stuff was okay but I think fresh cilantro would have really made the flavor pop.