RECIPE: Cowboy Caviar

When it's hotter than Satan's taint and the last thing you want to do is "cook" anything, here's something to make at home that's healthy, easy to make and really satisfying!

You need:

  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can Cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • fresh grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • drizzle of honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro as garnish

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Eat with tortilla chips or warmed corn tortillas.

Make your own Chopped Salad

Chopped salads are delicious and easy to make. They make a good summer party addition or just a Wednesday night meal at home.

Get creative in the kitchen with my chopped salad recipe below and save your money for things like ice cream or Chubbies (I just ordered some today!)



Chopped Salad Recipe

buy this: (buy organic whenever possible)

1 pound bacon 

1 can black beans

3 cups romaine, red leaf or Boston lettuce

1 large handful raw spinach leaves

1/2 frozen or fresh corn (or mixed veggies)

1/2 large tomato

2 white mushrooms

1/2 avocado

favorite creamy dressing (Ranch, Goddess, etc. just read your labels!) Try these companies: Annie's, Newman's Own, Tessamae's


do this:

cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, set 2-3 strips aside to drain and store the rest in the fridge

strain beans and set 1/2 cup aside, store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge

chop all ingredients (except black beans) into bite-sized pieces

toss all ingredients in a large bowl with salad dressing


You're wondering about portions, I know. Use 1-2 Tbsp dressing for a huge bowl of salad. And eat until you're full. You're eating vegetables and the "rule" with veggies is, eat as many as you want, unless they are deep-fried, covered in cheese or sauce, etc.


Simple and Delicious Summer Veggie Salad


Hi friends! You know I'm no chef. Not my line of work.

But you also know I can make real food taste halfway decent. I can't even believe I hardly cooked any meals for myself just 6 short years ago. People think I've eaten the way I do for my whole life but that is not the truth. I've worked long and hard to teach myself to eat fresh, whole foods so I very much know the struggle of trying to pull things together--especially after working a long day in school or at a job.

The other night I whipped this together with mostly leftovers in the fridge and few additions.

It worked well beside a grilled turkey burger or rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods Market. I grabbed most of the other ingredients from the farmers market or my generous friend's farm share!

Give it a whirl and see what you can add to it or with it to make it work best for you!

Simple and Delicious Summer Veggie Salad

You need:

2 cups pre-cooked quinoa

1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes 2 cups broccoli florets, finely chopped 2 cups garbanzo beans 1 cup fresh summer corn (taken off the cob) 1 cup summer squash or zucchini, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced 1 tsp fennel seeds

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried (or fresh) basil S & P to taste


What did you add to this to make it even better? Please share in the comments below.