Trader Joe’s Easy Three-Bean Salad

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on August 23, 2016

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My husband and I went to a party this past Memorial Day. Everyone brought a dish and I immediately went for the bean salad. Later on, I discovered it was a Trader Joe’s creation. If you regularly shop at Trader Joe’s, you know they’re always featuring an easy recipe to taste.

So the next morning when I went shopping at Trader Joe’s, the exact same bean salad was being featured for tasting. It was a sign!


Needless to say, I’ve been making this dish all summer long. It’s perfect to take to a potluck. Just rinse the beans and chop the cilantro ahead of time.

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Then, when it’s time to go, add the rest of the ingredients. It’s easy, tasty and filling. I will be making it for lunches this fall, too.

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Now that summer’s pretty much over and my book is almost done, I’ll be back to regular posts. I also have some exciting news to share pretty soon. So stay tuned!

If you’re a Trader Joe fan, what’s your favorite TJ recipe?

Trader Joe's Easy Three-Bean Salad
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 jar corn chili salsa
  • 1 tub tomatillo fresh salsa
  • 1 avocado, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse the beans and chop the cilantro. Stir in the cilantro, corn chili salsa, tomatillo salsa and avocado. Refigerate before serving.

 

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This Simple Change Will Instantly Make Your Family Healthier and Happier

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on August 5, 2016

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I recently went to see Bad Moms, a movie about a stressed-out mom who gives up on both her jobs as a professional and a mom. I don’t want to give it away if you haven’t seen it, but it’s the movie’s message I want to talk about.

There is a point in the movie where moms at a PTA meeting admit the ways in which they are bad moms. Whether its not giving their child a bath for 3 weeks or drinking at inappropriate times, it’s obvious that every mom — even the most put together ones — have these bad mom moments.


The problem is instead of feeling a bit guilty about these things, moms feel a secret shame about them. In her books shame researcher, Brene Brown, explains the difference between guilt and shame. Guilt is feeling bad for doing something you know you shouldn’t do, but shame is feeling unworthy because of it. Much of this has to do with our hyped-up self-esteem culture, something today’s parents and kids are especially vulnerable to. The competition is high, and everyone vying to be the best. The best parents produce the most successful kids. This is what happiness is about, right? click to continue

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