open it, mix with some yummy fresh ingredients and you have a delicious, frugal, quick, easy, healthy, summery meal. You can’t beat that! And it meets my criteria of no preservatives or chemicals. It’s Italian in inspiration (the cuisine I could live on if I had to choose one and one only for the rest of my life). Add fresh bread and you have lunch or dinner. And C and MissN love it!
I use cannellini beans but borlotti beans are good too. You can use any beans you like. Or have. You can even cook your own. I do sometimes, when I am organised.
My basic (flexible) recipe is
finely sliced red onion
green beans, cut into short pieces and briefly boiled, then refreshed in cold water and drained
1 tin drained cannellini beans
white wine vinegar or lemon juice
season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
Spoon onto a bed of green salad leaves
Top with a quartered hard boiled egg, tomatoes and black olives
Potatoes make a good replacement for the beans. Add whatever ingredients you have to the bean mixture. Tonight I added finely sliced celery. Capers and anchovies add a Nicoise touch but the salad is quite tasty enough without them.
Regular readers and friends know that I am a bit of a healthy food fanatic. My first criteria though, before healthy food, is delicious food. Life is too short to eat food that doesn’t taste good. And my family is less likely to be keen on it if it doesn’t taste wonderful. God has blessed us with such an abundance of variety that there is no reason not to eat delicious food that is actually good for you too. And we owe it to our bodies to feed them the very best ingredients we can.
So why do we short-change our bodies with processed junk that sabotages our health?