Doesn’t that look delicious? It’s coming into summer, the weather is warming up and it’s time to start thinking about salads. This is one of my favourites, a spicy corn, avocado and bean salad. The spice is from the zingy dressing. It’s chock full of vegetables and is just so yummy! My kids aren’t fans of anything too spicy and my husband has a limit on how many beans he eats – they’re not his favourite – but they’ll all give this a go… and I get plenty of leftovers to eat for the next couple of days. It’s so easy to make and such a crowd pleaser… and it’s also a very BIG salad, that’s my pasta serving bowl right there.
4 corn cobs, husk and silk removed
2 x 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed – red kidney beans are great, too
2 small avocados, cut into chunks
400g cherry tomatoes, halved
200g feta, crumbled
5 shallots, roughly chopped
lime cheeks to serve (optional)
Chilli and lime dressing
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
grated rind and juice of 2 limes
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tbsp red vinegar
2 tsp ground cumin
Cook corn in boiling, salted water until tender. Drain, rinse in cold water, drain again.
Slice lengthways down the corn cobs to remove kernels. Place in a large bowl with beans, avocado, tomatoes, feta and onion. Gently toss to combine.
Whisk together all dressing ingredients and season as required, Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve with lime cheeks, if using any.
I hope you enjoy it. I’m off to decide whether I cajole the children to eat any or just sit down with the bowl and a big smile.
Ever have those days where you really can’t be bothered? Everything is just too much effort and you’d far rather curl up in bed with a book and some raisin toast and laze the day away. It’s been one of those days here. Sadly there was no curling up in bed, nor was there any raisin toast. Instead it was the mad dash to pack lunchboxes for three people – and, to make it more interesting, one child takes one lunchbox, one child needs two lunchboxes to contain his vast amounts of food and the third child needs separate lunchboxes for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea – and get them out the door by 8.15am.
After that it was the usual “top up the fruit and bread supplies” before heading home to several loads of washing. That was the sum total of my housework today – the floors have gone unvacuumed, the bathroom has gone unscrubbed, the house has not been spring cleaned… oh, well, I did admit last week that I wasn’t a spring cleaner anyway, right? I’ve done lots of little things but nothing terribly noticeable, and I’ve done a fabulous job of procrastinating about some work I need to get done by Thursday… but there are still about 45 hours before it’s due so it will be fine.
The thought of cooking dinner… ugh. And yet I didn’t want to spend money on horrible takeaway that doesn’t satisfy the stomach or the soul. Suddenly divine inspiration struck – or a ray of light pierced the cloud that was making the day look a bit gloomy – and I remembered that I had assembled and frozen a massive lasagne last month. We were having friends to dinner and I’d made two lasagnes and frozen one, as well as making a dairy free lasagne for my husband. Frozen (homemade) lasagne to the rescue… phew! The kids have demolished massive platefuls of it and there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow so I’m feeling pretty happy for a day that was really quite bland and boring… it turned out alright in the end.
I’m a big believer in bulk cooking, slow cooking, pressure cooking or whatever makes life easier. I like to buy steaks or chicken breasts and slice them up and marinate them then freeze it all flat in a ziplock bag to make a stirfry easier. I’ll make several lasagnes at a time so there is one in the freezer. I even make huge amounts of meatballs that are possibly even more amazing than the ones you get at Ikea and freeze them in portion sizes. Oh, and there’s always a loaf of bread in there… my kids can demolish a loaf between them over breakfast and lunch without anyone else getting a piece of bread so I buy four or five loaves at a time. Of course, one day when I get my much longed for Thermomix (oh my goodness, the dramas over the new release one at the moment!) I won’t need to freeze as much bread, I can just make up a batch of bread rolls or scrolls quicker than it would take me to walk to the shop and back. Dreams are free… but the Thermomix isn’t. One day… 🙂