Sunday, February 17, 2008

Beans & the Beach

Sunday at the beach. This is getting to be a habit. I wasn't planning on going today I actually thought I'd head over mid week but I've got the heating people coming to look at my heater tomorrow (it's on the blink errr $) and Tuesday through Thursday there is a chance of rain sooooo off I went today.

It's my zen zone. I need to go a few times a month or I'm out of sorts. I didn't stay too long. There was a cold chill in the breeze. I plopped my chair on the sand and had my little picnic. I made an Italian version of my Cannelini Bean Salad. The waves were pretty big but a little choppy. The surfers weren't having much luck. I listening to my Ipod for awhile but decided after about 10 songs I had enough zen.

Make this salad it rocks... I'm going to hit the seafood market this week and try it with grilled shrimp or smoked albacore.

Shelly's Italian Bean Salad

1 can (15 oz.) Cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella balls (I got the mini ones at Trader Joe's or just 1/2 the bigger ones)
1/2 cup Cucumber, diced
1 Tomato, diced
1/4 of a small Red Onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon fresh Basil, chopped
a few twists of freshly ground Black Pepper
Kosher Salt to taste
2 Tablespoons Storebought Pesto Sauce
2 Tablespoons Storebought Balsamic Dressing

Combine all ingredients and chill. Can also be made with leftover grilled chicken breast, cold shrimp, salmon or smoked albacore to bump up the protein. You can eat it just as it is like I did from a plastic bowl with a plastic fork staring at the mighty blue Pacific Ocean's crashing waves or spoon on top of a green salad or it can also be made into a tortilla wrap.

Highlights of the day:

* Found kick butt parking (owning a tiny matchbox car in a world of SUVs has it's advantages tight squeeze spots are left for me) at the very busy Carlsbad Starbuck's and they also had a shelf full of my Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup for sale so I stocked up. It's very yummy in ricotta cheese and Fage yogurt. I use it in my Dunkin Donuts coffee I make at home all day. So I blow through a bottle pretty fast.

* Was forced to go to Walmart today. You know how I avoid that store like the plague on the weekend but it actually was a pleasant in and out experience with a short line, minimal screaming children and no one blocking the aisle with their carts having squeaky high pitched voice conversations "Oooooooh Jane how have you beeeeeeen"

* The World According to Eggface got it's 100,000th hit today. That was neat. Feel free to comment and say hey.

Listening to: Lenny Kravitz "I'll be waiting" whoa to have someone write a song like this for you.


Anonymous said...

OMG I agree on the Walmart comments ! I go waayy out of my way to a Walmart in a not so populated area of Omaha, I can't stand the one nearby.

Nice you have a beach to go to. I once lived in Tx and would take my kids to day trips to Corpus, ahh, I can hear the surf now.
Hope you have a great week. Amie

Anonymous said...

Congrats on you 100,000 hit! I am so glad you take your time to share. Your recipes are a hit with me and it is spreading through my family. I am fixing our lunches out of your salads and my niece (pre-teen and picky) is taking it to school for lunch. She is like a mini me so I am hoping with early intervention we can turn the tide and she will not end up with WLS down the road. Thank you.

Through Thick and Thin said...

You are so lucky that you have days warm enough to sit on the beach this time of year. I can't wait for warmer weather. The beach is calling me!

Through Thick and Thin said...

Michelle - I made this bean salad last night. YUM YUM YUM. I used a can of canneline and a can of kidney beans and doubled the batch. Husband loves it too. And hey - I took it to the beach and sat watching the water while I ate it out of my plastic bowl and plastic spoon.

Elianah-Sharon said...

I made this last night and it is AWESOME! I added black olives since I don't do meat and upped the cuke content. It made a pantload, that's for sure! But it is just awesome. THANKS Shelly.

Amy said...

I come to your blog every single day. I eat at least one of your recipies every day ! I just made the bean salad and used a can of mixed beans. I think I will add a can of tuna later on to bump up the protein.

Congrats on 100,000.

Thanks for being here and for posting such amazing recipies and inspiration !

Take care,

OPENMIND said...

My God you are a frickin trip! I wonder if people read ALL the stuff you write! I bust my butt laughing! Dorian in New Mexico
PS thank you so much for saving my ever lovin PROTEIN ass!