A Muted Palette of Fruit and a Bright Black Bean Salad

lunch on 27 Sept 2016: raspberries, grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, and veggie sticks

lunch on 27 Sept 2016: raspberries, grapes, baby carrots, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, and veggie sticks

Aren’t the colors in this lunch so soft and pretty? I especially love the pale raspberries and the fancy little Riesling grapes that I got at the farmers market. Just like yesterday, the kiddos are suffering through a hot day at school: 107˚ the last I checked!! My plan for dinner on this wretched hot day is a nice black bean salad:

black bean salad

black bean salad

I piled all sorts of goodies into this big salad bowl: black beans that I cooked in the Crock-Pot yesterday, corn, peas, sweet red lipstick peppers, scallions, rice, and cilantro. The salad is dressed in a little olive oil and fresh lime juice with lots of lime zest. For spices, I used cumin, smoked paprika, chile powder, and a healthy sprinkling of salt + pepper. Yummers!

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