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FRESH SOUTHWEST SALAD - (Posted February 2, 2011)

(Recipe serves one)

1 large handful of fresh lettuce (I prefer romaine) or fresh leaf spinach
1/2 cup cooked black beans*
1/2 cup thawed frozen corn
1 large Roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup shredded deli turkey breast
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon flaxseed

Dijon-Balsamic Dressing: equal parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Dijon Mustard

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a large salad bowl, and if you're taking it with you on the go, pack it into a large tupperware.  You can make several servings of the dressing at once for convenience, pack as much as you'll be putting on your salad in a small container to take with you, and refrigerate the rest.  Adding the dressing just before you eat the salad instead of while mixing the rest of the ingredients helps keep the salad from getting soggy.

* - We use dry black beans which we soak overnight and cook in bulk.  Try to avoid using canned black beans, as there is added sodium in the "juice" from the can.  If you have no choice but to use canned beans, make sure you drain the beans completely, and rinse them to remove as much excess salt as possible.



(Recipe serves two)

1 large onion, slices in thin wedges
1 large green pepper, sliced into strips
1 cup mixed frozen vegetables of your choice (corn, peas, green beans, carrots)
1 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
1 cup browned ground turkey (equivalent to 1/2 pound uncooked)
1 cup beans of your choice (garbanzo, black, black-eyed, kidney)
1 cup (cooked) brown rice or quinoa
Season to taste with: garlic or ground granulated garlic, curry powder, salt, pepper and chili powder.

1) Cut up the onion, green pepper, and throw them in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil.

2) As the onion and green pepper start to soften, add some spice to cook into the mix.  Add the frozen vegetables.

3) When the vegetables are all soft and thawed, add the beans and ground turkey, and season again, mixing all the ingredients together.  I like spicy food, so I like to add a mixture of hot chili sauce (Sriracha) diluted with water, really gives it a nice kick!

Serve over or on the side of a portion of quinoa or brown rice, and drizzle a little olive oil on top.