Daddy Memories – Butter Bean salad

As a little girl, I vividly remember my dad preparing what I think was his favourite salad, which in turn became my all time favourite of course!

So today I decided not only to re-live that memory, but to take it to another level in honor of  the great guy that he was, ❤ and I am sure that instead of being insulted by the changes, he would be proud of his little girl.

The original salad was very simple, below is a list of the ingredients:butterbeans

  • Butter Beans
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced onions
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive oil and vinegar
  • Dusting of oregano

As you can see, it’s pretty simple, just mix the above ingredients and it’ oh sooooo tasty, and the best part was dipping  pieces of a fresh baguette into the leftover juices!

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In those days there was no fancy vinegar, no cilantro and goodness know’s what else, especially in Uruguay.

But nowadays, with the available ingredients, new flavours, fancy vinegars, etc…. I decided to take this salad to the next level.

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Not too many changes, just a few additions, so here it goes………

  • Butter Beans – stayed the same I used 2 cans
  • Sliced Tomatoes – stayed the same, used 2 medium tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced onions – stayed the same, used 1/2 medium onion
  • Salt and Pepper – stayed the same, tsp of each
  • Olive oil and vinegar – used olive oil but replaced the vinegar with same fabulous Lemongrass Mint infused White Balsamic vinegar from Mount Dora Olive Oil Company
  • Dusting of oreganoreplaced this with some chopped cilantro
  • Added a can of sliced Hearts of Palm that are easily available nowadays but when I was a kid they were an expensive commodity!

Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do, and I do recommend that you try both versions, they are both great 🙂

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Food & Love, the perfect combination…

We have all heard the the way to a man’s heart is through is stomach! Well I tend to think of food as something that not only brings love into the equation, but it brings family and friends together, helps you make new friends and meet new people! The kitchen in every “foody” household is the heart of the house, the place to “be” ❤

Tonight’s dish is not only a favourite of mine and my hubby’s but also a fave of my daughters! Its simple, its elegant, its tasty and even kinda healthy!

I stopped by the store on my way back from work battling the bad weather and picked up some fresh salmon, avocados and some limes.

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I chopped up my salmon tartare style and mixed it with some salt, pepper, grated ginger, sesame oil, Sriracha mayo and a squeeze of lime.

Whilst I was prepping the salmon I made about 1/2 cup of brown rice and let it cool down.

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Sliced my avocado and now I was ready to put this special treat together.

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I pulled out my heart shaped cookie cutter ( usually used for everything else but making cookies) and placed it in the middle of my plate, filled it with brown rice and neatly pressed it to the bottom.

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Then I topped the rice off with my salmon tartare and finished it off with my sliced avocado and a sprinkle of black and regular sesame seeds.

In less than a flash, a wonderful meal is ready for my lovely family! Yep love is in the air, that’s for sure <3, now all I need is for the hubby to come back from dry-dock, in the meantime I will enjoy it and think of my family.

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Crustless Quiche for a Carbless Dinner…..

Dinner variety and ideas are hard to come by, especially when you are trying to find healthy tasty options and time is never on one’s side right?

Tonight I decided to try something I had tasted before made by a lovely lady called “Maria”! Maria introduced me to her wonderful crustless Weight Watchers Quiche so I decided, why not give it a go and introduce it to the family?

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  • 1 cup liquid egg whites or 4 whole eggs, depending how healthy you want to go
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat 2% milk
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cooked and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder ( I used chopped green onions instead)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spray four 8oz ramekins with nonfat cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 Deg F. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking pan.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, tomatoes and broccoli.

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Spoon the egg mixture evenly into each ramekin. Bake until egg is cooked through, and golden brown, about 30-35 minutes.

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Serve with a salad, or extra veggies or just as a side dish for your protein or why not have it as a snack!