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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Red Cabbage German style……..reminds me of home

When I was a kid, my mum used to make a delicious sweet and sour red cabbage that was just to die for.  This turned red cabbage into one of my favorite vegetables.

Glad to report that we are still on the wagon with our new healthy lifestyle, so after burning over 800 calories exercising today I decided we deserved a healthy, tasty and cozy dinner.

I had a whole red cabbage so I embarked on making my German Red Cabbage and here is how I made it.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced green apples
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

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Put all ingredients into a large casserole and bring to a boil, once its boiling, reduce heat down to low and let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hrs.

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In the meantime I prepared my favorite snack ‘Kale Chips” with Lemon Pepper. These are simple and easy to make and oh so good!

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8 dinosaur kale leaves, stemmed, rip leaves off and break into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 lemon, for zesting

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, preheat oven to 375 deg F.

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Coat each leaf with olive oil and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for 8 to 12 minutes (until leaves and nice and crispy)

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And finally while the Kale chips were cooking, I poached some salmon in White Wine, Lemon and herbs which was the final touch to tonights meal. I had some leftover mashed potato for the hubby as I don’t think he is the greatest red cabbage fan (which means there is more red cabbage for me 🙂 )

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Nice Dinner = Happy Hubby = Happy Wifey ❤

Juicing with Beets…….

This weeks juice consists of everything that was in the fridge, well not everything but nearly……Click on the highlighted words to read about the benefits of each ingredient.

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Juicing is the way to go……

Yeah I know, juicing is currently the “IN” thing to do, but I have to say that I have now gotten into the habit of juicing at least 5 times a week and replacing meals with it.

Some combinations are quite frightening but somehow they always turn out good, and when I mean good, I mean that you can actually enjoy the taste without cringing! lol

Also don’t let the color fool you, sometimes they are not too appealing to the eye! I get a lot of comments like “OMG you are going to drink that”!

Something a nutirtionist  friend of mine who runs a Wellness Program pointed out to watch out when juicing is:

  • Keep a good balance of the food chain colors
  • Watch out for fruits and veggies that contain sugar
  • Never have more than 8oz
  • If its green, its good for you
  • oh and here is my 2 cents on this one, if it tastes too good, there is some naughty ingredient in there! haha

Anyway, here is my weekend juice for your enjoyment.

Quantities vary as it depends on which veggies and fruits are living in my fridge, but todays juice consists of:

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  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/4 fennel bulb
  • 2 green apples
  • big piece of ginger
  • 3 turmeric bulbs
  • 1 lime
  • 3 skinny carrots

I place all of the above except for the limes in my lovely Juicing machine and then hand squeeze the lime into it at the end.

I keep my juices in Mason Jars for up to 4 days with no problem!

If anyone out there gets to make it, send me your feedback!

HAPPY JUICING!