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If You Are What You Eat!

Good morning! I have a yummy lunch option for you today (and every day, if you’re like)!

If you are what you eat, then I would most definitely be this Balela Bean Salad from Trader Joe’s! ❤

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I first had this salad a few months ago when I spent the day on the other side of Orlando and forgot to pack snack to hold me over until I got home! That is never fun because hangry-ness typically ensues and you end up spending money that you know could have been avoided! Luckily for me, I picked up this treat and it has changed my life ever since! <—I’m aware that this sentence is a little dramatic! 😉

Ever since I had this salad I have been re-creating it at home on a weekly basis! It is refreshing to eat, simple to make, and filled with healthy ingredients! Why would I not eat it everyday?!

Trader Joe’s is known for :

*No Preservatives
*No Synthetic Colors
*No Genetically Modified Ingredients
*No MSG
*No Trans Fats

…which makes for easy label reading! Once I ate the Balela Bean Salad, read the label and realized how simple the ingredients were I gave it a shot in my own kitchen!

Into the bowl went:

2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans
1 Can of Black Beans
1/2 Red Onion (Chopped)
Cherry Tomatoes (Halved)
3/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Minced Garlic
3 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Cup Parsley (Finely Chopped)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

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I didn’t have parsley on hand when I made it (and typically make it without it!) Personally, I think it is great with or without the parsley!

I almost always have these ingredients in my kitchen cabinet so this is something I throw together on a weekly basis and eat for lunch or even dinner sometimes if I add chicken to it! Sometimes I eat it with just a fork and other times I scoop it with tortilla chips!

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Enjoy! 🙂

What is your favorite Trader Joe’s product? Have you ever recreated it at home?

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