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Healthy Bean Salad Recipes and They are Perfect for Diabetics (includes Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe)

Posted on May 21, 2015 under Cooking And Recipes | No Comment

Beans are nutrious, healthy, versatile, and make great salads.  Legumes and beans are an important part of a diabetic diet, especially garbanzo beans or chickpeas as they are sometimes called.  Below is a great recipe for a Garbanzo Bean Salad with a great yogurt dressing.  This salad is not your usual salad and is a perfect salad to serve your family and friends.  You will no doubt have many requests for your recipe.  This is a great salad choice for diabetics as well as anyone.  The other recipe is for a Bean and Bacon Salad.  This recipe is a salad featuring green beans and bacon.  It is also diabetic friendly with its use of boiled eggs, bacon, and healthy olive oil.  Both of these salads are sure to spark your interest and your taste buds.

GARBANZO BEAN SALAD

2 cups finely shredded carrot

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced bell pepper

1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomatoes

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

2 cans (15 1/2-oz each) cans garbanzo beans, drained

12 cups salad greens

In a large bowl, combine carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, and beans.  Pour 1/2 cup of Yogurt Dressing (recipe follows) over carrot mixture and toss gently to coat.  To serve place 2 cups of salad greens on a plate.  Drizzle greens with 1 tbsp of the yogurt dressing.  Top with 1 1/3 cups of the vegetable mixture. 

Makes 6 servings

YOGURT DRESSING:

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp salt, optional

1/2 tsp bottled minced garlic

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

8-oz plain fat-free yogurt

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients using a whisk.

BEAN AND BACON SALAD

2 cans (16 oz each) whole green beans, drained

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 tsp salt, optional

1/4 tsp black pepper

4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1 tsp prepared mustard

2 tsp vinegar

dash of salt, optional

4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled

paprika for garnish

Combine beans, onions, olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper.  Toss mixture lightly; cover and refrigerate. 

Mix eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, 2 tsp vinegar, and dash of salt.  Just before serving, drain chilled bean mixture, add the bacon and toss well. Place each serving on a lettuce leaf. top with a spoonful of the egg mixture and sprinkle with paprika for garnish.

Yield:  6 servings

 Enjoy!

For more of Linda’s diabetic recipes and information, visit her website at http://diabeticenjoyingfood.squarespace.com

Easy Pasta Recipes ? the Perfect Healthy Option for People in a Hurry!

Posted on May 19, 2015 under Cooking And Recipes | No Comment

Let’s start with the basics. After a long day at work or rushing around looking after your family, probably the last thing you want to do is spend hours and hours preparing and cooking a meal. At the same time, you don’t really want to feed yourself and your family with quick and tasteless microwave dinners or fatty takeaways that just don’t give you the nutrients you need. Well, at least not everday!

So, how to solve this apparent dilemma? Well, how about giving yourself the satisfaction of eating something genuinely tasty that you cooked up from scratch in less than half an hour?

Let’s move on to basic point number two – everybody likes pasta. OK, so maybe a few people don’t much care for it, or are allergic to wheat, but to the nearest approximation the phrase ‘everybody likes pasta’ is pretty much bang on the money.

Pasta is so versatile! It comes in more shapes and sizes than can be comfortably written in an article of this length, can be served with all manner of meat, fish and vegetables, goes well with hundreds of sauces and can even be served as a salad. Better still, you can make your own fresh pasta in less than ten minutes, if you really want to.

With a few simple vegetables and a selection of common herbs and spices, plenty of garlic and olive oil, and meat or fish of your choice (or not, if you like vegetarian food) you can whip up a whole range of really easy pasta recipes in hardly anytime at all, and find enough variety to serve a different exciting meal for yourself or your family.

Of course, nobody wants to eat pasta everyday (although this author is such a lover of pasta that some weeks he comes close) but pasta dishes are so simple and versatile that you can easily have pasta three days a week and never eat the same quick and easy pasta recipe in the same month.

Even if you think you’re a terrible cook, with easy pasta recipes you’ll discover that just a few simple ingredients can be delicious, and only a minimum of culinary skill is required.

So next time you come home feeling tired and hungry, don’t just pull a microwave dinner out of the freezer or reach for the takeaway pizza company’s leaflet, chop a few veg and boil yourself up some delicious pasta, and eat a satisfying meal without the hassle of really ‘cooking’at all.

At Easy Pasta Recipes you’ll find a selection of deliciously easy pasta recipes, perfect for when you want a healthy and tasty meal in no time. Visit Easy Pasta Recipes for more information.

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