A few months ago, I was inspired by a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals. Have you seen that show? I LOVE it! Especially because of the theme song; Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry. It totally takes me back to my childhood. Have I dated myself? Haha. It was and is a wicked song!
Anyway, Jamie made a southwest rice salad that looked so good, that I decided to switch it up with ingredients I could eat.
I can’t tell you how many times I have made this now. My kids adore it! I packed it in their school lunches one day and my daughter came home and said, “Thanks Mommy for the surprise in my lunch!” I was thinking “What surprise?” I know I didn’t make any homemade cookies or muffins…and she meant this salad!
It has all the flavors of chili or tacos, which is always a hit with kids…or at least my kids.
This is the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic. It is one of those salads that tastes better the longer it sits dressed.
I used Adzuki beans instead of the more traditional black beans, because I find the tiny little Adzukis much easier to digest.
To make this salad paleo-friendly, remove the beans. To make it even more paleo-friendly, remove the corn. To make it 21 Day Sugar Detox Friendly, remove the tomato. To make it….Just Kidding! (I could go on and on!) It is a very versatile salad that can be tweaked to meet any dietary needs.
You’ve heard it or you’ve said it yourself, right?
“Eating healthy costs too much money.”
Of course, there aren’t
- coupons for organic broccoli
- BOGO’s on pastured chicken or
- “catalinas” on coconut sugar
Those of us interested in eating healthier whole foods and doing so on a budget must look to other means to make budget friendly meals.
I’ve learned how to save money on whole foods the hard way.
Keep reading for Adrienne’s Tips for Frugal Meals and a recipe for Indian Lentils…