I used to make a delicious and nutritious black bean and corn salad all the time. It is one of those easy, last minute dishes you can almost always make in minutes when you’re worried there won't be enough food. All you need is a can of red or black beans, a can of corn and fresh chopped peppers, onions and cilantro.
So, when the Kosher Connection decided to have a Chopped-style challenge this month that required us to use a creative combination of canned corn, pears and Mike and Ike candies (at least two out of three) it didn't take long for me to come up with my recipe.
Usually, when I watch these cooking shows and imagine myself in their shoes, I think, "I could never pull that off, I can't decide what to make that quickly!” With our challenge we didn't have a time limit and I realized I could have done it in seconds. All I did was take my regular salad and add some sweetness with chopped pears, some spice to counter balance the sweet and then some chewy chopped Mike and Ike candies for texture. The candies added a really unique element to this Mexicali dish and it is the perfect way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
Click here to get the full recipe for Bean, Corn and Pear Salad Surprise.
Can't wait to see what my fellow Kosher Connection group came up with!