Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad

While my family enjoyed some spicy beef tacos, I chose a healthier option without sacrificing flavor. This Mediterranean-style salad with garbanzo beans provides a light, fresh protein source.

Make this salad at least 4 hours ahead of time so that the flavors have time to blend.

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Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad

  • 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and quartered
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a plastic, glass, or ceramic bowl. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

I served mine as a meal over a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce. It will serve as an excellent accompaniment to grilled chicken.

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Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs

My husband bought a 5-pound bag of tricolored potatoes with hopes that I would roast them as a complement to a steak dinner tonight.

Not only are they beautiful, but these potatoes taste great too. The key to a crunchy outside and tender inside is to parboil them before baking.

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Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs

  • 5 pounds of tricolored potatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Wash potatoes and place in pot of boiling water; boil for about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, combine oil, herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large boil; stir to blend. Cut potatoes in half, and add them to the oil mixture. Stir, coating well.

Heat oven to 375°. Place potatoes, cut side down, in 9×13 pan. Cover with any remaining oil mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Green Curry Lentils with Spinach

Understanding that diet can contribute to all sorts of health conditions—including rheumatoid arthritis (of which I was diagnosed today), I created this healthful and flavorful meatless meal featuring easy-to-cook green lentils for dinner tonight.

This meal is influenced by the flavors of Thailand and India. It’s packed with all kinds of goodness.

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Green Curry Lentils with Spinach

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 Tbsp May Ploy Green Curry Paste
  • 2 cups dried green lentils
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 10-ounce bag fresh baby spinach
  • hot, freshly cooked basmati or jasmine rice

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, sauté onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, and green curry paste until well blended.

Stir in lentils and canned tomatoes and blend. Add hot water and cook until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in coconut milk until well blended. Right before serving, mix in spinach and stir until slightly wilted.

Serve over hot cooked rice if desired.