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Oh no…what am I going to bring to my neighborhood party?!

Some key ingredients to always have on hand make it easy for me to throw something together when needed in a pinch. Like this weekend when I remembered at the last minute I was to bring something to the neighborhood block party.

Many things I’ve learned living in Texas is the natives really have interesting ways of doing things. But I must admit, some I really like! For example this dish COULD be called Southwestern Bean Salad or Mixed Bean Salad with Cilantro & Balsamic Vinaigrette. However since I make it different every time, it’s just easier to call it by its Texas name – Texas “Caviar”. I had another version on New Year’s Day with black-eyed peas and just a few weeks ago entertained my brother and friends with a different version. The consistent factor seems to be tomatoes, beans, whole grain, onion and dressing – everything else is up for grabs! I think to make this one perfect though would have been to add sweet corn and jalapenos for a bit of spice!

Here was the version for the neighborhood party: (see the video below for a “live” version of the recipe)

Neily’s Texas Caviar (in honor of Lakewood Heights Neighborhood Association!)

  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large tomato
  • red onion (about 1/3 – 1/2 cup)
  • cilantro (about 3-4 tbsp)
  • brown rice 4oz dry (you could use quinoa or whole corn as well)
  • mini sweet peppers – about 14 (or a few red, yellow or orange sweet peppers)
  • balsamic vinegar (3 tablespoons)
  • extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • sweetener (I used stevia)

Mix all together. Chill for several hours before serving.

Nutrition info per 2/3 cup (about 4.5oz): 150cal, 4.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 20g carb, 6g fiber, 6g protein

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