I went to WW Wednesday morning, and their weekly flyer always has a recipe in it. Normally, I don't have all the ingredients for recipes I find, but I was happy to see I had them all right in my pantry and fridge.
Visiting my MIL is emotionally draining, so I surprised myself when I whipped in the front door and started in on dinner. It was easy, but I was excited to have something new to present to my family. I knew they wouldn't love it, but I knew I would. I also grilled chicken thighs, just so there was some appreciation of my efforts. To top it off, I stepped out to my herb garden (well, just the three pots of basil I have hanging off my back patio, but still I felt like quite accomplished) to pluck fresh basil.
As predicted, I did love it, my oldest said it was okay, my husband said it beat the hell out of the tortellini salad from Costco I served up last week, my youngest said she didn't really like vinegary stuff (I even successfully hid the celery she hates by chopping it fine like the onion), and I didn't care. I redeemed myself after my youngest scooped the rest of her salad onto my plate and I told her to cut up the watermelon. It was a good watermelon, too. I don't eat watermelon, so I kind of wing it when I pick them out.
Now that I've created the build up, here's the recipe. I don't what surprised me more: that I had all the ingredients or that I came home after visiting my MIL and made dinner.
Black-and-White Summer Bean Salad
1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed [I happened to have pinto beans, which I didn't realize until after I opened the can, but it worked]
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 medium celery rib, diced
2 Tbsp white or red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley or basil
1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
1/8 tsp ground black pepper, or more to taste
In a large bowl, combine beans, tomato, onion, and celery. Gently stir in vinegar and sprinkle with parsely or basil, season to taste with salt and pepper.
1 cup per serving, 3 smart points (for you WW fans).