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Three Bean Salad


It’s hot and muggy, you want something healthy but don’t want to turn on any extra heat to do it. Well I’ve got you covered. Throw together this protein-fiber-rich-super-simple three bean salad. This is perfect to make and have on hand for lunches or to replace those mayonnaise dense sides found at your next BBQ. This salad is full of good stuff. Good tasting and good for ya! I can’t enjoy my bacon every once in a while,  if I’m not mindful of what I’m eating the majority of the time. This summer I’ve been trying to really UP my fruit & veggie intake. I can honestly say it has made such a difference in the way I feel and sleep. It has never really been about a certain look or weight for me, but more about how I feel. I just feel better when I eat better. Plain and simple.







Three Bean Salad


1 can organic black beans, rinsed & drained
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup chickpeas
1 cup jarred peach/mango salsa (or regular salsa)
1 cup fresh pesto
1 cup shredded cheese
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
1 tbsp Adobo Seasoning
1 tbsp cumin
1 cup green onions, chopped
2 small-medium sized sweet potatoes, cooked-peeled-cubed


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl & serve immediately or refrigerate to chill.
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things I’m into…summer 2014 edition

let me introduce you to, Drunk History ,
my new favorite show.
step 1 – get someone totally blitzed-sh-mammer-time- drunk
step 2 – film them as they attempt to narrate an immensely interesting {usually unknown} historical event
step 3 – have incredibly talented actors/actresses reenact, word-for-word the entire thing
pure gold.
image (33)secret’s out! I {heart} bacon.
however, somehow missed the BEST way to cook it…
until now.
BAKE yo BACON peeps.
seriously. whhhhhy haven’t I been doing this since forever?
line a baking sheet with foil, lay out glorious bacon, bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes,
remove and place on cooling rack.
perfect, every dang time.
make more than you need? oh shoot.
put it with a paper-towel in a ziploc baggies in the fridge.
having a little extra bacon hanging around is the LEAST of your problems. 
just started this gem.
it’s about a 20-something woman trying to find herself after her mother dies from cancer and she goes through a divorce.
um. as the tears were streaming down my cheeks I’d say it hit a little close to home.
however, though a tough read for me so far, I plan on digging in.
mainly because it’s just so phenomenally well written.
also enjoying this
light summer read.
ok I lied.
it definitely isn’t light…but I am enjoying it.
enjoying may be the wrong adjective however.
more like disturbingly-devasting-truth-uncovering-facinating-electrifying-thrilling-terrifying and all-too-real.
minty-fresh mojitos are making a come back in my life. pretty psyched about it. 
image (32)this.
bomb [dot] com.
simmer sauces are pretty much code for :
super simple stupid. as in pour it over whatever & enjoy!
hence I love them.
this one in particular has stolen my heart this summer.
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capturing moments isn’t exactly a new found love of mine.
however what I choose to capture them on is evolving.
recently while digging for buried gold in my father’s basement, I stumbled upon this treasure.
one of the original Polaroid cameras.
pretty sure I saw one of these at the Smithsonian once.
now if I could just afford the film…
oh be still my heart.
meet my daily man crush.
brilliantly smart & wildly hilarious? what’s not to love.
he does all the things. all the things.
Jon Stewart 2016!
image (39)this one is pretty self explanatory…
if not, we probably shouldn’t be friends. 
image (29)iced _________ any-thang in the summer is better.
this has made my morning routine extra sweet. 
image (37)oh the life.
scratch, rub
whoo dat?
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again. no explanation needed.
just breathe it in. 

I don’t know about you but washing my face becomes such a chooore.
these wipes are the BEST I’ve come across for my rash-ready sensitive-Sally [or Sando] skin.
they’re refreshing, do their job, and do it well! 
image (27)teaching + cooking?
pretty much the best of both worlds for me.
recently teamed up with an Americorp member & Seed of Life Nurseries @ The Juice Plate to teach some lovely ladies how to best use fresh produce this summer.
it was more than great!
image (38)well.
this doesn’t suck either. 


No-Bake Peach Pie



As a Cooking Light blogger, sometimes it’s hard to choose which recipes I’m going to try out and tell you all about. It’s hard to choose because they all sound so good! This one however was a no-brainer. I love pie, I love peaches, and I love NOT baking. Any dessert that says “no-bake” in the title speaks straight to my sweet tooth. To make it even easier on myself I slightly cheated and bought a graham cracker pre-made crust. Oh relax! It was the reduced fat one, so it was still on the lighter side. I have never had any luck [along with most baked items] with graham cracker crusts staying put. So I bought one. And guess what? It was great!



A couple of things I did or would do again when I {definitely} make this again…find the original recipe here or in your latest August issue of Cooking Light {hint hint, it’s on the cover}.

  • I added some chopped basil to mine. I have about 4 different varieties growing on my porch that yell out to me anytime I’m cooking. It was a great savory addition to this sweet dish and gave it a great punch of color.
  • Next time I would either mix in more peaches to the cool-whip mixture OR I would layer it by doing a layer of cool-whip mixture, then a layer of peach spread mixture, and then repeat both.
  • Next time right before I serve it I would pop it in the freezer for about 10 minutes or so. Just to give it some time to firm up and get extra chilled.

All in all I think this was one of my favorite Cooking Light recipes I’ve replicated.
It was fresh, light, sweet, and citrusy. If I can recreate this dessert, you definitely can.
Trust me when I say…it was as easy as pie. ;)


Perfect Panzanella

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Look! I made you a salad with no lettuce. Yep, you heard me. A salad minus the lettuce & add bread? Say hello to my pretty friend, panzanella. She is a classic Italian who has been around for ages. Like anything else, she only has gotten better with time. My version is light, fresh, crisp, and tangy. It tastes like the perfect summer garden just played a symphony…in your mouth. Seriously. This salad is great for all these triple H days [hot-hazy-humid or holy-hell-hott]. It’s super simple and makes for a great meatless lunch or dinner. FYI; the more local your produce, the better this salad will taste. Just sayin’…

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Perfect Panzanella

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2


1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2-3 radishes, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 medium sized sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved
1/2 baguette, cubed
3-4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 small bunches of parsley, minced
1 tbsp fresh (or jarred) pesto
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tbsp brown mustard
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
3/4 cup EVOO
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest (if you have it)


  1. Begin by toasting bread cubes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place cubed bread on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Spray tin foil and cubes with olive oil non-stick spray. Place in oven and toast for 8-10 minutes or until golden on the edges.
  2. Place all chopped veggies in a large mixing bowl. Top with fresh herbs and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Mix first 4 ingredients for dressing in a small mixing bowl. They slowly whisk in EVOO.
  4. Add toasted bread in with veggies and top with desired amount of dressing. Toss well & enjoy immediately!
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