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Bright Black Bean + Rice Salad

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There are lots of things I embrace as constants in my life.  Like waking up with one less sock than what I went to bed with.  Or the fact that nearly every morning there will be coffee.  Dark, fragrant and perfectly-prepared coffee, in my favorite cup, handed to me by my favorite person.  And also that I will make far more rice than is needed for whatever is for dinner.

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That last one is something I’ve almost come to depend on, because it means finding fun ways to reuse the stuff.  And there’s lots of fun options and a lot of them depend on the type of rice you have.  If you’re like me, and you like to play with lots of stout, hardy rices like this one, or the one in this recipe (brown sushi rice), then you can do what I do… make a salad!

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Now, funnily enough, I was reading a very timely similar recipe post by Molly at Orangette while I was creating mine.  Same elements: leftover grain tossed with a bean-ish type protein (hers chickpeas, mine black beans) and a tasty dressing.  This makes me cheer and feel confident in my recipe choice.  Then Molly wonders to herself in writing it if this is the sort of thing that even warrants a full-blown recipe post… since it’s really just crashing a few pre-cooked ingredients together and calling it a day.  This makes me doubt myself in and hate the day my recipe was born…

But that’s a short-lived feeling and I’m now glad I’m sharing this with you.  Many of the very best recipes I make on a regular basis are simple one like this, made with a leftover something, and often that sort of “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.  So here it is.  A recipe about things you might have laying around after, say, a Mexican fiesta dinner.

Can I get an “Olé”?

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Healthy Snacks: Mediterranean White Bean Spread

I’m starting the new year off with beans!

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After trying about 100 different openings for this post, that is the sentence I landed on. Clearly I was never one for a fashionable entrance.  The reason I’m starting out the year with the lovely legumes is simple: beans are tasty, they’re generally thought to be good for you and simple to make.  If you’re starting out the year searching for easy, healthy snacks that go along with your resolution, beans are your guys.  In this instance, bean spread is your guy, but you get the idea.

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