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Easy gourmet valentine’s salad

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Baby spinach tossed with mandarin oranges,  butter beans (lima beans) and caramelized pecans in a champagne vinaigrette dressing, topped with feta cheese is an easy, yet elegant salad to make.  Also, this recipe features an easy way to caramelize nuts without sugar or having to turn on a stove.

Gourmet salad

Types of food: Side dish/Salad
Makes: 4 Salad servings
How long: 7 mins
Pots and pans: Microwave safe plate, can opener, bowl to mix salad.

Ingredients:
4 cups of baby spinach (rinsed, drained and completely devoid of moisture*)
1 cup of canned or fresh mandarin oranges (if using fresh make sure it is peeled, the internal white fiber and skin are removed)
1/2 cup of rinsed and drained butter beans
1/3 cup pecans
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup of feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup Champagne vinaigrette dressing (available in condiment aisle along with salad dressing)

Valentine day gourmet salad

How to make
In a microwave safe plate spread the pecans in a single layer.  Drizzle honey on top of the pecans and cook in microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute until the nuts get toasted, honey melts and coats the nuts.  Timings may vary for each microwave.  In the mean time assemble the ingredients for the salad.  Toss spinach with mandarin oranges and butter beans. At the time of serving, toss the salad with just enough dressing to make the spinach leaves wet. The key to a well done salad is balance in ingredients and taste.  Dressing being an integral part of a salad, add only a little bit at a time.  Toss the salad completely until it is wet and there is no dressing collected at the bottom of the bowl.  Serve additional dressing on the side. Top with caramelized pecans and feta.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
*Salad greens need to  be washed well unless they are bought pre-washed.  The easier way to clean an dry them would be to fill a big bowl or a clean sink (plugged) with water.  Soak the greens and loosen up the dirt by moving them around in water.  Drain them and squeeze gently.  Either using a salad spinner or a dry clean towel remove the moisture.  If using a kitchen towel spread the greens on kitchen towel and cover with another towel and press the top most towel gently on all sides to absorb moisture on both towels.
Romaine lettuce also works well with this recipe.
If you have left over of this salad drain the salad and get rid of any excess moisture(dressing). Keep the drained salad in the fridge.  Wrap the salad in whole grain tortilla for a healthy snack or break fast next day.  Make sure the salad is devoid of any excess moisture.

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February 5, 2009 at 1:42 am 1 comment

Curried lima beans (butter beans)

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Lima beans (or sometimes called butter beans) are very nutritious and have a nice buttery taste to it. Its not too popular among kids, but Lima beans can be very tasty and liked by kids. The beans also adds a lot of nutrition to a meal. The curried lima bean recipe is a great way to start including this wonderful bean in your regular shopping list.

Lima beans curried

Kind of food: Side
How long: 20 min
Makes: 3 cups
Pots and Pans: Pot or a deep pan

Ingredients
2 cups Lima beans (frozen or canned)
1 tsp Black mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Curry leaves chopped ( or curry 1/2 tsp powder or 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro)
1 small green chili chopped finely (or less – adjust to spice level needed)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
salt to taste

How to make
If using frozen Lima beans – Cook the beans in a pot covered with enough water to submerge the beans for about 7-10 min or till the beans are tender. If using canned beans, just wash and drain. Alternatively, you can also pressure cook the beans.
In a pan heat the cooking oil.  Add mustard seeds to the oil and wait till the seeds crackle. Add the chili, turmeric, curry leaves, and onions. Saute for a couple of minutes till the onions are tender. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute or two. Add the cooked Lima beans and salt. Give it all the good toss and cook for another minute or two.  Serve warm.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving Ideas
The beans are very flavorful and can be serve with plain rice or any flat bread
Make a great toddler food – the beans are large in size and very soft, easily handled by the little fingers.

Tip, tricks and alternatives
Lima beans are very buttery tasting, hence appealing to kids. The curry can be slightly mashed and cooked with less spice for smaller kids.  The mashed up beans can be used as  a spread to make a quick sandwich for snack or lunch box.

January 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment


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