Tuesday, January 23, 2007

An easy salad for ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday

Chilled Corn Salad
The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook Copyright 1999

1 (12-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Yield: 4 servings

I like canned vegetables. No, they aren't the best tasting vegetables or the most nutritious form of vegetables but they sit on the shelf patiently waiting for me to use them instead of rotting in the produce bin or getting freezer burned in my freezer (I've had the worst luck with frozen vegetables). It's nice to be able to make up a salad even when you're low on fresh veggies. I used to freestyle a salad very similar to this using rinsed canned black beans.

Okay, if you want to get technical, corn isn't a vegetable, it's a grain. But research has shown that whole-grains such as corn have health-promoting activity equal to or even higher than that of vegetables and fruits. They contain a different (bound) form of antioxidants that hasn't been the focus of as many studies as the (free) form found in fruits and vegetable. This is my contribution to Sweetnick's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday.

This was part of a very economical dinner too. I served this with 59 cents/pound chicken legs (with bbq sauce) and about 50 cents worth of potato cakes (on sale for 99 cents), mostly for my husband. It was easy too - I needed a break after all that cooking this weekend.

Yesterday I had too much to say and today I have nothing to say. I have to learn to stretch out my observations!

Blast From The Past: Green Bean Salad from December 2005, another salad that uses pantry ingredients.

Question of the Day: What did you have for dinner last night?


Anonymous said...

I went to eat with my parents, who are in town, for dinner. I had charbroiled Rainbow trout with Mango salsa, wild rice, and steamed squash. It was really good. LEFTOVER!!!! YES!

Anonymous said...

I started off making hamburger helper. Dh's favorite is cheeseburger macaroni kind. when I got it out to start making it, I saw that it said "New! Double Cheesy Cheeseburger Macaroni". I didn't tell dh cuz I knew if that if he knew it sayd New! he wouldn't like it. So I made it, and he took a couple bites and said this doesn't taste right! LOL! Stepson said the same thing, so I tasted it, and yuck, it defnitely tasted different, and not in a good way. AT that time, I had just ran to the store to get milk for homemade mac and cheese and had my water on the stove to boil. Dh said "Let's just order pizza". Sounded good to me, so I turned off the fire and ordered pizza hut. Looks like tonight we have homemade mac and cheese!

Anonymous said...

Turkey meatloaf, macaroni and cheese (from a mix) and green beans (from a can). Well, heck, it WAS work mixing up that meatloaf, at least.
I'm having visions of the dinner Claire had. How yummy!


Jennifer said...

Boring left over pork chops. You posted your pork chop recipe one day too late. Tonight we are having Deep Dish Taco Pizza.

Anonymous said...

Chicken roll-ups. I was having a really lazy night but they went down a treat, followed by store-bought custard tart for a special treat.

ThursdayNext said...

I had leftovers from Sunday night's dinner that I made in my crockpot! Chicken, parsnips, carrots, and onion all cooked in a Tuscan slow cooker sauce from Williams Sonoma. :)

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Was that an add'l variety or did they change the Cheeseburger Macaroni permanently? That was my favorite too! I haven't had it in a long time but I'd like to know that it's still there if I want it.