beans beans the magical fruit

Oh lookie… I made another salad.

We are being so healthy recently. Did I mention we wake up with a green juice every morning?  Taylor doesn’t even recognize us anymore.  And who could blame him.  We haven’t consumed a single slice of fried bacon in god knows how long.

Mmmm bacon….

Wait, this is wrong, this is very wrong.  Bacon will be consumed very soon. This whole healthy thing is actually a freak accident. We have been so excited about all the farm fresh  produce that we haven’t gone to the grocery store in a while.  This is obviously a good thing, just don’t tell my husband that.  He doesn’t want to be mistaken for a vegetarian.  But given our recent food intake you may be misled.

This quinoa salad recipe came into my head about 30 minutes into picking string beans for the first time this season.

Yay beans!

Picking beans is not as glamorous as my lovely husband makes it look.  It is literally a back-breaking activity.  And for some reason we are ALWAYS picking beans.  From now until September our backs will never be the same.

Thank god we have delicious string bean salads to take our minds off the pain.

Quinoa and steamed vegetable salad:

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup string beans, trimmed

1 large summer squash, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1 medium-sized zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 a ripe avocado, diced

1/4 cup diced red onion

dash of crushed red pepper flakes

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

the juice from 1 lime

salt and pepper to taste

Cook your quinoa.

While that is cooking steam your veggies.  Once quinoa is done cooking add black beans and diced red onion.

Once veggies are done steaming (about 7 minutes) add them to the quinoa mixture.  Mix well and add olive oil.

Divide salad into bowls.  Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

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4 Responses to beans beans the magical fruit

  1. Beth says:

    I was wondering how on god’s green earth can farmers harvest carrots, not to mentio beans? There’s no way around it, the only way to get the carrot out of the ground is to bend over and pull them up, one by one. Approximately how many carrots (or beans, for that matter) do you harvest in a typical day? I don’t know how you do it! If I tried it, I’d be dead by lunchtime….
    Hats off to farmers

    • drealieberg says:

      Beth,
      On an average week we harvest about 500 pounds of carrots. We don’t harvest nearly as many beans but both tasks are very physically demanding. we are getting stronger every day!

  2. Mary Ryckman says:

    I so agree with Beth – I would be dead after the 1st hour – however the food looks so yummmmy that just maybe I could make it a little longer

  3. I have a friend who pickles green beans. They are the best. things. ever.

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