We love beans and legumes around here.  I’d say we eat them at least once a week – either in salads in the summer or in soups or chilis in the winter.  So many people are hesitant to include them in meals, but here are a few recipes that can give you some inspiration!   Hope you’ve been enjoying your suppers as much as we have been!

The latest salad we’ve tried is Roasted Summertime Chickpea salad from the How Sweet It Is blog.  So delicious!  Other than substituting green onions for the red onions (had the green ones in my fridge already), I followed the recipe entirely.  Make sure you don’t leave out the crumbled blue cheese!!  It’s an amazing complement to the flavours of the salad.   Use your fresh local corn, and give this recipe a shot!

Another wonderful dinner was Salmon with Mango Chimichurri from Everyday Food.  So easy and quick!!  Salmon with a fruit salsa is my latest summer favorite.  We’ve tried pineapple, mango, peaches in various salsas, yum yum!  (Chimichurri basically means salsa.)  Everyday Food is also doing this great thing, where one of the staff cooks the recipe on video and teaches cooking techniques at the same time.  Try this one and watch Sarah’s video to work on your skills!

Three bean salad from Everyday Food was another awesome salad.  This is not your grandmother’s canned bean salad!  The pasta and fresh green beans, as well as the celery were an amazing touch!  I served this salad on a bed of baby spinach (to increase the veggie factor) along with grilled chicken that was drizzled with a balsamic reduction (aka balsamic syrup).

Greek-style Chicken with Tomatoes and Tzatziki from Everyday Food is a simple and flavourful dish.  Did you know it’s so easy to make your own tzatziki sauce?  Just use some plain greek yogurt, parsley and lemon juice!  Then use the rest of the greek yogurt with berries and a touch of honey at breakfast 🙂

Happy Cooking!

-A

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