Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Last week, we shared with you “The Perfect Summer’s salad” to go with your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ. We are staying on this BBQ themed trend this week! Why?

 


Because it’s BBQ season!


 

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Whether your grilling burgers or preparing a chilled picnic sandwich, this Mediterranean Three Bean Salad is a delicious side pairing to any summer’s meal.

 


It’s been a summer dish classic for years!


 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Our Mediterranean Three Bean Salad is so light and flavorful. Made with three tasty beans, celery, red onion, parsley, and rosemary. And best yet, it’s topped with a sweetly, tangy dressing. This recipe will beat those store-bought salads any day, in a matter of minutes!

 

 

For the green beans, our test kitchen uses a frozen variety as they have the perfect crisp and are easy-to-use.

Don’t let your family down with another store-bought salad. Create this flavorful and healthy salad for your next meal, BBQ, potluck, or picnic!

{ Click HERE for Recipe }

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


 

We hope you find time to relax and celebrate this long weekend with friends, family, and most importantly tasty food! Many of us have been counting down the days until this weekend. And, how close are we? That’s right, ONE more day! Memorial Day Weekend gives excitement to all as school sessions are ending and the weather is warmer, which means…

It’s finally Summer time!

Pull out those cutting boards and knifes because summer time means it’s watermelon season!

Have you been on the search for the perfect Memorial Day BBQ salad? Well, we have a simple and refreshing salad for you! This Fresh Mint, Watermelon, and Lentil Salad is the perfect summer salad for any meal! And, the best part? The combination of the sweet watermelon, fresh mint, nutty Pardina! Lentils, salty goat cheese, and sweet balsamic glaze make for an oh-so-tasty flavor!

This salad makes for an easy preparation:

Cut watermelon slices into 1 inch cubes

Finely chop mint leaves

Prepare our delicious Pardina! Lentils

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 


Don’t forget to taste test your watermelon slices!


 

To make the salad, simply toss all the ingredients together to combine but hold that yummy balsamic glaze to the side. The 13 Foods test kitchen loves to use a balsamic vinegar from a local oil and vinegar store, but any glaze or regular balsamic vinegar will work great too!

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

Place your salad onto a pretty contrast plate; we used a black textured platter. To finish, top your salad by drizzling your sweet balsamic glaze!

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

That’s it! Summer’s PERFECT salad!

{Click HERE for Recipe}

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

VERY SIMPLE

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

Have a tasty (and safe) Memorial Day Weekend!

 

 

 

 

The great outdoors has slowly begun it’s transition from Spring to Summer. Though in many areas, summer has shown early. Here at 13 Foods, we’ve been patiently awaiting for it’s arrival. So why are we excited for summer? And what does summertime bring? For the farmers, it brings excitement to watch their fields turn from green to gold. We, at 13 Foods, are patiently awaiting for the harvest of our beautiful beans. And for you, we can only guess that summer brings joy to you and your family.

This month we began to transition our cooking from hearty to light, fresh and flavorful. Here at 13 Foods, we decided to place those big hearty dishes aside during these warm months of the year. Why not enjoy all those fresh fruits and vegetables ripening in your local garden? This week we are bringing you a fresh, but oh-so flavorful dish out of our garden and into your kitchen. It’s perfect for a hot, summery day. It can make an appearance during breakfast, lunch or dinner as a main entrée or a simple side dish. In fact, we used this recipe just this week as a side dish at a Graduation Party picnic- what a treat!

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

 

This salad is simple, but filled with beautiful colors of the garden. The grocery list will be small for those who are gardeners at heart. Our scrumptious Pardina! Lentils are the heart of this meal. The basil and tomatoes make the salad pop with color on everyone’s plate. No one will forget that fresh mozzarella- its creamy texture comes alive with every bite! What makes this dish complete? Yes, the tasty balsamic vinegar of your choice. Don’t be afraid to try different flavors from your local Oil & Vinegar shop; the colors will still pop and the flavors can be appropriately paired to your main dish.

 

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

Our test kitchen has given you a step by step guide on how to make this flavorful, summery dish. Don’t be afraid to bring extra color and flavors from different varieties of tomatoes and vinegar!

 

In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Add and toss Pardina! Lentils to the oil mixture.

Add and toss quartered tomatoes, chopped shallot, chopped basil, and cubed mozzarella with lentil mixture. 

Drizzle balsamic vinegar into salad and toss.

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

Top with basil garnish for a beautiful summer salad!

 

Find complete Lentil Caprese Salad Recipe HERE!

 

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

 

 

Hummus Chicken Bake

 

Many of us have joined the trend to eat healthy snacks. Hummus is on this list among many others. It ranks high on our list because of its simplicity and versatility. That’s why this dish is a favorite from our test kitchen and hopefully your family’s too. Many of us love to keep some on hand for easy access during our traditionally hectic week.  

Kick up your weekly routine with 13 Foods frozen Kabuli! Chickpeas!

We take pride in our Kabuli! Chickpeas; delicious in so many forms while keeping your life simplistic and healthy. How are they simplistic? It’s simple!

Step One: Take the bag out your freezer

Step Two: Determine how much you need

Step Three: Pour {prepare according to cooking instructions on bag}

Step Four: Zip-close the bag

Step Five: Place back in freezer

 

Pouring Chickpeas

And yes, they’re deliciously, healthy as each individual bean keeps all its nutrition instead of seeping out into a liquid substance.  

Creating homemade hummus from delectable Kabuli! Chickpeas will only take you minutes. And better yet, the versatility of it will go beyond a delicious snack! Have you ever thought to use hummus as an ingredient to a healthy entrée? Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t; either way, we created a five-ingredient recipe for you to use!

This week we present to you…

Tenderly Love Hummus Chicken

A simple chicken breast gets topped with hummus to create a moist and tender entrée for a weeknight’s dinner.

Better yet this recipe only takes 30 minutes top to prepare and bake. Follow these simple steps….

First, make sure you have “Spread the Love” Hummus {click here for recipe}.

 

Hummus Dip

 

Second, slightly pound the chicken tenderloin to create tenderness.

Next, salt and pepper both sides of each chicken piece. Don’t forget to turn on the oven before your hands get a little messy!

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

This next step is where “Spread the Love” Hummus comes to play. Dip both sides of the chicken in a bowl full of the hummus.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Then simply place on a lined baking sheet.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Sprinkle a couple of pinches of paprika on each chicken. Place them into the oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Once cooked, let them sit for five minutes.

This perfect pair is best served with vegetables to create a nutritious meal!

Find Tenderly Love Hummus Chicken recipe HERE!

Keep in mind that after dipping your raw chicken in the homemade hummus, you SHOULD NOT consume any remainder hummus from your bowl. Please discard the access hummus!

 

Hummus Chicken Bake

 

 

 

Meal bowls have taken the world by a storm, i.e. smoothie bowls, buddha bowls, protein bowls, rice bowls.

They all have different names, but one thing in common…

PROTEIN

We’ve all seen them in magazines and social media with their beautifully, bright colors catching your eye. The best thing about them, in my opinion, is that they are simply effortless. Do you have extra meat from last night’s dinner or toppings from yesterday’s salad? Perfect. These meal extras make the perfect toppings for a delicious protein bowl!

 

 

We have created two versions of a protein bowl that are simply, delicious: Southwest Protein Bowl and Tex-Mex Protein Bowl. These are the perfect recipes to get you ready for Cinco de Mayo with all the power packed nutrition to keep your night going strong with friends and margaritas.

 

Southwest Protein Bowl

 

This nutrition filled bowl uses simple whole foods to complete your meal’s nutrition. The brown rice starch layer give substance to this bowl full of protein and vegetables. As for the toppings, they are simple: extra cooked chicken meat, 13 Foods Tortuga! Black Beans, prepped frozen corn, red onion (sautéed or not), diced tomatoes, Pico de Gallo (homemade or store-bought), and lastly, our delicious Spicy Toasted Chickpeas. Drizzle your favorite dressing, we used an avocado cilantro ranch dressing, to top the bowl. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro to your liking and fresh juice from a lime. These classic whole-foods’ flavors have a pop of Southwest in every bite. 

Click here for Southwest Protein Bowl recipe

 

Tex-Mex Protein Bowl

 

BBQ sauce, pulled pork, and beans stuffed into one bowl. This recipe can be yours to play with. What do we mean by this? The recipe isn’t tailored to a specific sauce, use your favorite. Some of our favorites are from Texas! Get it? Beans and meat with Texas BBQ sauce…yes, that right, we’re calling this bowl our Tex-Mex Protein Bowl. Once you’ve found your pulled pork and BBQ sauce, your set to make this bowl. Whip out those frozen beans from your freezer and rice from the cooker because it’s layering time! This protein bowl has a base of regular white rice, but if you want to use quinoa or brown rice instead? Go for it! Layer the rice on the bottom of the bowl as this is your meal’s starch. Then, layer the delicious toppings: 13 Foods Tortuga! Black beans and Rojo! Red Beans, pulled pork, diced sweet peppers, pico de gallo (homemade or store-bought), and lastly, chili peppers. Yumm, how can you not dive right in? But, don’t forget your favorite BBQ sauce, cheese of choice, cilantro, and fresh juice from a lime. This bowl full of goodness will take you from your lunch break to your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant!

Click here for Tex-Mex Protein Bowl recipe

 

These bowls are simply, easy to prepare and great for meal planning.

Begin enjoying these recipes today. You won’t regret it!

 

 

 

 

The Mediterranean Diet

Why does this sounds so familiar? Oh, that’s right! It’s one of the trendiest health diets of 2017. If this is your first-time hearing about
The Mediterranean Diet plan, we encourage you do some of your own light research.

Here is a quick summary:

The Mediterranean diet is inspired by communities surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The people who live in these communities adapted a holistic approach to their wellness and in turn their foods, physical activity, and stress management has become a foundational piece of their culture. The Mediterranean Diet consist of whole, fiber enriched, omega-3 fatty acids foods – legumes (i.e. chickpeas, lentils, nuts), vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. Researchers often reference this diet plan as the “heart-healthy” plan due to the balanced nutrition that one is feeding their body.

So, why don’t we gather a few ingredients from this list to create a nutritional, tasty meal: 13 Foods Pardina! Lentils, Salmon, & Olive Oil.

These ingredients are the perfect pairing for The Mediterranean Diet

This tangy-mustard sauce gives the salmon a burst of lemon flavor, while our Pardina! Lentils add a unique nutty flavor to the dish. Our recipe has all of the right flavors to create a light, spring inspired dish. And the best part? It only takes 15-20 minutes!

A quick tip from our test kitchen: Elevate the flavor profile by cooking the Salmon on your home smoker.
Your family and friends are sure to be impressed. It’s a delicious and fulfilling meal created in a matter of minutes. 

As the Greeks would say, Polí Nóstimos!, Very Tasty!

Find the our TANGY LENTILS WITH BAKED SALMON recipe HERE

Another quick tip for an easy prepped meal: Purchase fresh frozen products as no slicing or dicing will be involved! And of course, our
13 Foods Pardina! Lentils are already in the freezer isle so be on the lookout for this beautiful bag!

 

 

The team here at 13 Foods is chomping at the bit to move some of our indoor cooking to the great outdoors. What better time than this weekend to spring clean those grill grates and get the flames to fly?

Many of you have family and friends gathering this holiday weekend. We can’t think of anything better than pushing everyone to spend a little more time outdoors as you grill or smoke a delicious burger.

 

 

This week we are giving you a flavor-filled burger that will delight all of your guest’s taste buds! It will be memorable because its a 13 Foods original.

 

 

Tasty Black Bean Burgers

 

Yumm, these burgers are wonderful for an easy prep before the weekend. Simply mash all of these
ingredients together to form beautiful Spring colored patties.

Our insider secret: use different size biscuit cutters to form perfectly sized patties for your buns!

Place the patties in the freezer and prep work is complete. But, the best thing about these
burgers is not the simple prep work or cooking….

 

 

It’s the tasty flavor!

 

 

This meatless burger will surprise every taste bud as there will be no questions… “Where’s the beef?”

 

 Link to Tasty Black Bean Burger recipe!

 

 

Spring is here! The weather is beginning to warm as the days grow longer. Fresh produce at local farmer’s markets is beginning to appear, but you’re not ready to dive right into your spring eating habits you say. And we can’t agree with you more. Spring is one of the hardest seasonal transitions to make. Hardy foods from winter still comfort us during this time of year. How do you slip into spring eating? Allow us to help you! This month we are sharing new deliciously, healthy recipes. These recipes will help you ease the transition to spring and then on to summer.

 

 

This week we are giving you the warm and comfort tastes from those hearty meals of winter in a light and fluffy way for spring.

 

 

Sweetly Spiced Chickpea Twice Baked Potatoes

 

This recipe will fill you with wholesome, yet light flavors. Prep, cook, eat in one setting! You can even cook ahead for easy meal planning. It’s truly the best weeknight dish you can make this spring!

 

 

Are you an awesome meal planner? Then this dish is perfect for you! Simply grab those sweet potatoes, or what some may call yams. Bake at 400° F for about 1 hour cleaned and halved. Don’t forget about those spicy Kabuli! Chickpeas, toss them in cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Let them roast on the top shelf as the potatoes are baking. And voilà, you are two steps away to eating this simply, easy meal!

 

 

The flavors meld together to make a simple savory taste. The spice isn’t too over powering as the sweet potato gives every bite a sweet flavor. Oh, what’s that? That nutty taste? It’s the easy, peasy frozen beans! They’re toasted for a slightly, spicy crunch and bite. Your mouth will become delighted with fireworks in every bite, chew, and swallow. Please don’t worry as this dish isn’t too spicy. But if spice is your thing, throw in an extra pinch of chili powder to your roasted chickpeas.

 

ENJOY!

 

Link to Spicy Toasted Chickpeas recipe.

Link to Sweetly Spiced Chickpea Twice Baked Potatoes recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung, which means picnics, porch parties, and BBQs are finally here. It’s time to show off your skills you perfected all winter long.

 

Here’s how to turn a bag of frozen beans into a crowd-pleasing dish at your next picnic or cookout.

Where do you find the finest beans of all? Of course, in your freezer. Use these delicious recipes to wow your family and friends.

 

Rebecca’s Scoop It All Up Bean Caviar

Take advantage of the social hour you planned by giving your guest this sweetly, tangy appetizer. Your guests will be surprised by the sweetness of flavors as the beans give it a nutty flavor. The hidden sweet corn will provide the prefect sweetness in every bite. Whip up this bowl of deliciousness in little time. But do make it an hour before as the flavors will meld together perfectly by arrival time.

 

LINK TO RECIPE

 

“Get Fresh” Red Bean Salad

Cool pasta salads are always a hit on a hot spring or summer day. This salad is freshly, delicious with little effort in making. The short ingredient list and preparation is appealing as it betters in flavor each day in the fridge. Prepare this salad the night before the gathering, so you can meld the flavors and relax the next morning.

 

LINK TO RECIPE

 

Mama’s Shut the Front Door Bean & Beer Bake

This tasty twist to a baked bean dish stirs together in little time. Just drop in a slow cooker until bubbles arise, then simmer until the gathering begins. The richness from the beer and bacon meld together perfectly with the beans and sauce. This dish is the perfect twist to your traditional baked beans as the texture is unique as so are the flavors. The guests will be asking for more.

 

LINK TO RECIPE

 

Soon-to-be-Your Favorite Lentil Chili

Chili is the ultimate side dish to have when the smoker, stove, or barbecue are cooking burgers and hot dog. This Soon-to-be-Your Favorite Lentil Chili has the perfect sweet and spicy flavors to serve alongside or as a topping. Let this simmer in your slow cooker for easy preparation and transportation. This will become the crowd-pleaser this season.

 

LINK TO RECIPE

 

 

 

We all use the same excuse: “There isn’t enough time in the day to make or eat healthy food.” But in reality, there are those who just manage their schedules better than you. And yes, we all have had one of “those” days. It often starts in the morning with breakfast, not having enough time to feed your body with healthy nutrition and snowballs from there, right?

Making the time and effort to manage your weekly schedule is one step closer to a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs the correct fuel and appropriate sleep restoration to be rejuvenated for each big day.

Here are some tips, tricks, and recipes to help you pursue a healthy, productive and guilt free week.

 

Meal Planning & Prep

In my kitchen, planning and batch cooking is the biggest time saver. Set aside a couple hours during the weekend to plan, shop, and prep for the coming week’s meals. It’s easier said than done but yields tremendous time and stress savings in the middle of our hectic week. 

 

Drink Your Nutrition

Smoothies are a great way that our whole family enjoys consuming their daily nutrients. Drink Prep is like Food Prep, use your planning and prep time each week or month to pre-cut and measure your ingredients. Simply grab a freezer bag, label it (this is key at our house!), fill it, and place in freezer. Each morning take an extra three minutes to blend all of those nutrient rich ingredients up and out the door you go!

 

Here are two healthy 13 Foods inspired smoothie recipes to begin a happy and healthy day:

 

Smooth Berry Chickpea Smoothie

Find recipe HERE!

 

Sweet Power Smoothie

Find recipe HERE!