Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Corn & Bean Cilantro Salad

This is one of my favorites, because I feel full for hours, it's full of fiber, protein, and lots of healthy stuff, it's also low fat. I'll try to figure out the nutritional info later and get a picture. It's also something all of my kids will eat! To make it a bigger meal, try stretching with some rice, chicken, avocado, or egg, or even scooping up on chips.

1 pkg. Trader Joe's Frozen Roasted Corn(or any package of frozen corn)
2 cans of black beans rinsed and drained
2 cans of kidney beans rinsed and drained
2 cups of frozen peas
1 large red pepper diced
1 large sweet onion diced
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
2 jalapenos seeded and diced
white balsamic vinegar(regular works just fine too, this just has a lighter taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 packets of Splenda(the yellow kind only)
2-3 fresh limes or 6 packets of True Lime
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
salt & pepper to taste(I use the McCormic grinders)

In an extra large bowl, mix together the corn, peas, both variety of beans, chopped red peppers, onion, crushed garlic, lime powder(or juice of several limes and lime zest), Splenda, salt & pepper, and about half of the cilantro leaves broken into small pieces. In a blender combine diced jalapenos, about a cup of cilantro leaves, 1/3 cup of EVOO, 1/3-1/2 cup of white balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth. Pour over mix and combine well. Let sit for at least an hour to absorb the flavors.

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