I can’t believe that tomorrow is the 1st of December! On the plus side I’m super stoked that I’ve started a new Health for the Holidays challenge today on Facebook. I’m so excited for my challengers;, they are pumped! and so am I. I have a feeling this is going to be a great month and people are going to see some great results even with the busy holiday schedules and temptations. 😉
New challenges inspire me to create new recipes that people can easily meal prep for busy schedules. I like to experiment on myself first…obviously. An inconsistent work schedule is something I routinely deal with, I don’t have a set schedule and I’m often working out of my car. So, for an added challenge, I pulled ingredients primarily out of my pantry to create a healthy lunch or dinner that can be made with 5 ingredients. I had a can of butter beans, black olives and some organic balsamic vinaigrette around. Here comes a super easy and healthy salad, which can be modified if you’re looking for more substance or flavor. I’ll include options at the end as usual.
5 Ingredient Bean Salad
Makes 3 lunches
1 can rinsed butter beans (or any white bean you like)
1/2 can black olives, halved
1 pint organic cherry tomatoes, halved
1 organic bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbl Balsamic vinaigrette
Get ready for it…. Combine your rinsed beans, chopped bell pepper, olives and tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle the balsamic over the top and lightly toss….Ta daaa! I told you it was easy, then go ahead and split it into 3 meal prep containers and you have lunch or dinner on-the-go. Could be heated if you like.
There are a few options you could do to modify this into a more substantial meal, so here goes:
Add pasta, artichokes, other bell peppers, fresh basil, feta cheese to name a few. The whole point was to keep it simple and work primarily from what I had in my pantry, but I love modifying recipes. I hope you enjoy, and if you do modify, please share!