Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lisa's Spinach Bean Salad

I'm wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American Bloggers out there. Enjoy the long weekend, with your family, friends, beers, football and stuffing your faces. Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons asked me to join her and some other bloggers to give thanks for what we appreciate the most in our lives. You can check out what I am most grateful for on Amanda's blog - HERE!

 I'm going to keep my post simple today because I'd like to write a big recap post about my progress in my first week  working out tomorrow.
 My first ever recipe post had surprisingly great feedback, so I figured I'd give it another shot. This time I will be introducing a salad that I just learned about from a new friend, Lisa, from Happy Fit . Lisa is a certified personal trainer, a certified kettle bell and joint mobility and movement instructor, a pre and post natal fitness specialist and precision nutrition trainer. So basically she is just plain awesome at everything fitness and nutrition. Plus to top it all off; her and her husband just moved to our neck of the woods (no one moves here) and the two of them are really nice, personable people. As long as they stick around, they will be friends of our's, for sure. (That's a threat.. DON'T leave....) Lisa and Josh had us over for dinner a couple of weekends back and Lisa introduced me to this salad I am completely obsessed with. I had it as a side salad for dinner last week, we're having it again tonight and I believe Rob and I have both had it a couple of times for lunch this week.

I'll call this salad, "Lisa's Spinach, Bean Salad."

What you will need:

//1  Any kind of Spinach from your grocery store. 
//2  A can of drained red kidney beans.
//3  Shredded cheddar cheese. (I'm sure any kind of cheese will do.)
//4.  Rice Works brown rice crisps. (Obviously not everyone will be able to buy these, depending on where you live. So just find a crisp that you like, that is healthier than say a Dorito Chip. Or not! It's your salad, after all. In which case, I bet a Dorito would be really, really good...)
//5  Diced tomatoes and chopped green onion.
//6  Catalina salad dressing. (Again, you can choose whichever dressing you prefer. But to get the full effect of this particular salad, go Catalina all the way.)

Basically that is it.. 

All you need to do is pour in the amount of spinach you plan on scarfing back. Add a handful of kidney beans, sprinkle with cheese, onion and tomato. Crush up a handful of crisps and pour your desired amount of salad dressing over the salad and bingo bango; you have yourself a delicious lunch, or dinner salad. 

 The reason I'm so obsessed with this salad is because I'm new to Catalina dressing, I love the Rice Crisps, they add a crunch and a nice taste to the salad. Plus, I think it's great to find a way to eat kidney beans other than in chili. 

 This picture was taken for my weekly workout recap. I regret my terrible photography skills now that I'm centering a post around the salad. But, just trust me; it's worth making and definitely worth eating! Plus, after this weekend of pigging out on stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes I have a feeling that salads just may be the thing everyone will be wanting...

 **Update: I made the salad tonight with dinner, so I decided to take a little bit of a better picture of it to add to my post today.**


Amanda said...

Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving wishes. This will make me sound pretty stupid but what flavour is Catalina dressing? x

Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing! I am a huge fan of spinach salad. I am definitely going to have to try it out. Probably not with Doritos, hahaha. I will definitely switch out the cheddar for Feta cause I am obsessed with it and spinach together. Who am I kidding? I will put that sh*t on anything I can.

Can wait for your recap tomorrow! :)

Noor said...

Oh Haley , it is really mouthwatering . I am not just saying , I love salads WAY too much . My mom used to be a healthy eater and she got me addicted to all types of salads . I haven't tried Catalina dressing yet tho.

Happy Fit said...
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Lisa Avramenko said...

Hey Haley!! Thanks so much for the shout out. I am so glad to see you remembered this recipe - I kept meaning to email it to you but it slipped my mind. I also add in green onions for a bit of a kick but it's all totally optional. Personally I think anything that includes Catalina and rice chips tastes amazing. Well done and thanks again for linking to my page! :)