Saw these colorful beans… had to have them! I think they have another name, but they remind me of our wonderful Alaskan orca whales (which are actually the largest member of the dolphin family)… so Orca bean salad it is.Saw these colorful beans… had to have them! I think they have another name, but they remind me of our wonderful Alaskan orca whales (which are actually the largest member of the dolphin family)… so Orca bean salad it is.
And on the nutrition side:
Since ancient times, cumin (Cuminum cyminum) has been prized for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, anti-asthmatic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory (meaning brings both high and low back to normal) and carminative (reduces flatulence). High in many vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, B vitamins, iron, zinc and Vitamin E, cumin is amazing as a free radical scavenger; it has no less than 26 known active constituents in its oils.
Weight loss? You bet! A little over 1 teaspoon of cumin, twice a day for two months helped 88 overweight or obese women lose weight, improve body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and blood cholesterol profiles.
Good for any budget, this is a great tasting and crowd pleasing recipe that (secretly) has other ideas about improving your health.Serves 4
Ingredients1 cup fresh (or frozen) green beans cut into 1″ lengths1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained (or even better and more economical, pre-soak dried beans over night then cook, cool)1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (or even better and more economical, pre-soak dried beans over night then cook, cool)1 cup chopped yellow pepper½ cup chopped red onion3 celery ribs, chopped½ cup chopped green onions½ cup raw apple cider vinegar¼ cup olive or avocado oil4 garlic cloves, finely minced2 teaspoons dried oregano½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 teaspoon ground cumin¼ teaspoon dried mustard½ cup fresh, chopped cilantro
- Bring a pot of water to boil and quickly blanch the green beans for less than 1 minute. Strain through a colander and allow to cool while assembling the rest of the salad.
- Mix the pinto and black beans, the chopped pepper, red onion and celery plus the cooled green beans in a glass storage container.
- Create the salad dressing by combining the vinegar, oil, and spices except the cilantro.
- Marinate at least over night, then stir in the freshly chopped cilantro and serve.
Secretly enjoy every healthy bite!
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