Monday, August 3, 2009

Bean and Tomato Salad

This salad is very simple and amazingly good, even though it doesn't have any dressing. It's also so easy to make.

Canned green beans
Sliced tomatoes
Thinly sliced onion

Repeat layers until you have the desired amount of salad. Serve immediately.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Taco Salad

This is our FAVORITE meal. This is a wonderful hot summer lunch or dinner. It is a complete meal in itself.

Mix together:

1 head leaf lettuce, torn in bite sized pieces

1 cup cooked kidney beans (pinto beans work well, too)

1 medium onion, sliced very thinly

1 can black olives, sliced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 avocado, chopped (optional but VERY good)

Toss well. Then add:

3-4 cups crushed corn chips, adjust to your liking

¼ cup taco seasoning

Mix separately for dressing:

¼ cup oil

¼ cup lemon juice

3 Tbsp. sugar or honey

½ tsp. salt

¾ tsp. paprika

Pour over salad. Mix and serve immediately.


Once you develop a taste for this ketchup, you will never want to buy store-bought ketchup again. With this ketchup, you won't be consuming the large amounts of vinegar and sugar that you do in regular ketchup. Store-bought ketchup may be up to 1/3 sugar. However, unlike regular ketchup, this will not keep indefinitely. You need to keep it refrigerated and use it up within a week. If you can't use it that fast, freeze it in small portions and thaw as needed. It is somewhat runny when you first mix it up, and after it has been refrigerated it turns fairly stiff. But the texture doesn't affect the flavor!

Mix well:

1 cup water

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

¼ cup honey

¾ tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. salt

½ tsp. garlic powder

¼ cup lemon juice

Keep refrigerated

Taco Seasoning

I have different recipes for "chicken" seasoning, "beef" seasoning, and "taco" seasoning. However, they are all so similar that I find it is a bother to have all of them made up all the time. This is the one I keep on hand all the time. It is the taco seasoning version. I use it in my taco salad. I tried taco salad once with store-bought taco seasoning and I didn't like it. It was nothing like what I was used to. So this may not be a replica of taco seasoning, but it is a very tasty all-purpose seasoning. I just use this seasoning wherever it calls for "chicken" or "beef" seasoning, since the ingredients are really very similar. If you find that you use this seasoning a lot, you may want to make a double recipe so you always have some on hand. Store in an airtight container with your seasonings. It will keep indefinitely.

1⅔ cups yeast flakes
2 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. salt
½ tsp. celery seed
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
½ cup parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. cumin