Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Yummy Kidney Bean Salad From the Pantry

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Returning to an empty fridge after traveling is always a challenge. The husband literally wants to eat out every meal until we go grocery shopping. I, on the other hand, look at the lack of fresh foods as a challenge. What can I make from my pantry that’s healthy, satisfying and fun?

Yummy Kidney Bean SaladOn Monday I came up with a salad using a can of beans, frozen vegetables and a quick dressing. It was simply delicious! (At least I thought so.) The 8-year-old tried it but wasn’t as impressed. He stuck to his chicken and green beans for lunch. I hope one day he appreciates salads like this, but I’m not sure I would have liked it at his age either.

Anyway, here’s what I did…

  • 1 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas  (90g)
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn (93g)
  • 1 tbsp honey (21g)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dehydrated minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Put all the ingredients in a bowl.

Yummy Kidney Bean Salad from The Pantry ingredients

Be sure not to add the honey on top of the frozen veggies. It gets super thick and hard to mix.

Give everything a good toss and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.



Yummy Kidney Bean Salad from The Pantry Serving

I ate it straight up but it could easily be added to a bed of baby spinach, stuffed in a pita or wrapped in a tortilla. I can’t wait to have the second serving at lunch today!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 recipe – Just over a cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
230 2g 8g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
17g 0g 45g 11g

See other recipes using: corn, kidney beans, peas

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    August 1, 2013

    Creative yet simple. I like it.


    August 1, 2013

    I made this for lunch. It's very good! I don't eat enough beans since my husband doesn't like them so recipes like this are great. I can make it just for ME! Thanks Roni.


    August 1, 2013

    This looks delicious! It would be great over some salad greens.

    Jessie Bryant

    August 3, 2013

    Wow! This salad looks so delicious. My kids also don't like salads but as they grow up, I'm sure they will appreciate it. I don't like salads too when I was young. Now, I'm a salad monster! :-D


    August 20, 2013

    Love this idea. I too love the challenge of coming up with meals based on what I have around! Am going to try this one very very soon. Have been wondering what to do with the container of kidney beans sitting in the fridge!