Food Friday: Chickpea, Canellini & Edamame Salad

So I have now been on the South Beach Diet for approximately two weeks.  It’s been rough, I admit, but I have found some great dishes that make it bearable. Most of the recipes I use as guidelines and end up improvising.  This is one of those times.  This recipe is originally from one of the official SBD books, but I made some changes to it (adding more types of beans) and I like it more this way, and so does my boyfriend.  This makes for a great side salad with dinner, or for a meal at lunch.

Chickpea, Canellini & Edamame Salad


1 Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
1 Can of Canellini Beans (White Kidney Beans)
1 Cup of Frozen Edamame (Unshelled)
3-4 Radishes (Thinly Chopped)
1/2 Small Red Onion (Thinly Chopped)
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest (Optional)
4 Minced Garlic Cloves (0r 3 tbsp pre-minced garlic from a jar)
Season All for Taste


Drain and rinse the chickpeas and canellini beans.  Set aside.  Begin boiling a 2 quarts of water.  In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest and minced garlic.  Chop red onion and radishes.  Mix chickpeas, canellini beans, onion, radishes and liquid mixture in a large bowl (I use a large Tupperware container for easier mixing since I can throw the lid on and shake it).  Mix until everything is evenly coated.  Set aside.  Now back to the boiling water.  Once the water has come to a boil add the frozen edamame.  Cook for 5-6 minutes.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Add to the rest of the salad.  Mix until evenly coated.  Add Season All (or garlic salt) to taste.  Taste test!  If you think it needs more more of any of the ingredients (especially garlic) go ahead and add it!

Serve as a side salad with grilled chicken breasts for dinner, or store in the fridge to take to work throughout the week for a midday lunch or afternoon snack.  Filled with tasty goodness, and it is good for you. Filled with tons of fiber and protein.  And that garlic will certainly help your heart.  Just watch out for garlic and onion breath afterward.  Might want to bring a stick of sugarless gum with you.


Food Friday: Hearty & Soul-Warming

As an effort to become more healthy this year, I would like to begin cooking more.  To encourage myself to do this (as well as blog regularly) I have decided to join in on Food Friday.  Every Friday I will make a post about food.  Sometimes it may be a random thought or adventure pertaining to food.  Other times it may be a photograph.  Occasionally it may even be a recipe.  I am hoping that as I expose myself to more delicious foods I will be encouraged to cook more, which will be crucial when I start my diet (which I will be doing on Monday).  Right now it’s not that I don’t know how to cook, it’s that I don’t know what to cook, and I am lazy.  Eating a frozen dinner or going out is much quicker (and easier), but it is also significantly less healthy.  And if we don’t have our health, then what do we have?

My first Food Friday post is a photograph of a delicious stew I made a couple months ago.  I was particularly proud of this stew, as I rarely ever make anything completely from scratch.  And this was my first time using a crock pot all by myself.  The recipe I used is actually from my lovely friend Amber, at Bluebonnets & Brownies.  It is called Cowboy Beef Stew and is absolutely delicious, and quite simple to make!  You can grab the recipe from her website (which actually has tons of delicious recipes).  The only change I made is taking out the celery (my boyfriend hates celery), and using decaf coffee instead of regular.  Yes, this stew has coffee, and as Amber said, I think that is what makes it so delicious.  This is a great dish for a cold night, or if you just want something hearty and soul-warming.




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