In my mouth! Lunch today was super yummy! I made my favorite all-time side. Confetti Salad slightly modified from this recipe out of Cooking Light. It’s quite old (July 2008), but I have made it many times and it’s always a winner. It’s my go-to when I need a pot luck dish.
I had to make a few revisions based on what I had in the house and it was the perfect use of some of my Farmer’s Market finds from last Saturday. I used chickpeas instead of black beans, quinoa in place of brown rice, and cucumber instead of zucchini. I also used half a diced fresh jalapeno instead of the pickled jalapenos and EVOO rather than canola (those two switches I make everytime I’ve made this). I left out the green onions because I didn’t have any, but didn’t miss them. So we’ll just say the recipe was inspiration though in the end it didn’t taste that different.
1c cooked quinoa (or other grain)
1c corn kernels
1c course chopped cucumber (I used 2 of the pickling size)
1c. grated carrot
1/2c diced tomato
1/3c diced red bell pepper
1/4c diced red onion
1 can grbanzo beans (or any bean)
1T lime juice
1T olive oil
1/2 minced fresh jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed)
1/2t kosher salt
1/2t chili powder
1/4t freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to combine. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.
It was double duty while making my breakfast this morning. I was a food preppin machine! I prepared the quinoa and chopped up all the veggies as the pancakes were cookin. All that was left was mixing it all together and sticking it in the fridge to marinate unitl lunch. I had the pretty salad along with some turkey and swiss rollups. Party at noon! Perfect!
And what is a party without dessert? Mine came in the form of greek yogurt with blackberries. Honestly, greek yogurt with fruit mixed in is just as satisfying to me as a sugary treat. Not that I’m giving up my mom’s pumpkin pie (my idea of ultimate indulgence), but this is a great sub on a daily basis.
What is your sub-in when you need a sweet and don’t want a bunch of sugar?