I'm always on the look out for easy and healthy side dishes that aren't too fattening! I really need to limit many of the normal "easy" ones, like baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, other pastas and bread.
I've already done a post about one that we like and eat often: Cheesy California Blend Vegetables HERE.
Another one we like is Three Bean Salad. I remember this as being really popular in the past and really the only change to make it Trim Healthy Mama approved is to substitute Stevia sweetener for the sugar.
Here's how I make it.:
Drain a can of green beans and a can of wax beans.
Drain a can of Great Northern Beans and rinse in a colander. I like white beans, but kidney beans would work great if you like them better.
Combine in a bowl that has a lid the following: All three of the cans of beans, about 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, about three tablespoons of Stevia sweetener, about a tablespoon of finely diced onion, and a shake or two of celery seed.
Don't you love how all my ingredients are in estimates of "about" this or that? The reason for that is that you can put the amount that suits your taste. Also, look up other Three Bean Salad recipes and make it the way you like it. Just use Stevia instead of sugar and you are good to go!
Stir the ingredients up and then cover and refrigerate. I like to put mine in this Tupperware bowl that has a tightly fitting seal, so I can turn it upside down and shake it to make sure everything is mixed up well.
The great thing about this dish, besides it being good for weight loss and being healthy, is that it keeps in the refrigerator all week and anyone who wants a little side dish can take out what they want.
As I've said in the past, the Walmart brand Stevia isn't strictly on
the plan because it contains a couple of extra ingredients. I didn't
realize this until I'd been buying them for several months and since I
successfully lost weight white using it, I'm not too worried about it! We are currently well stocked up with it, but when this is gone, I will investigate other options.
The lasagna noodles behind the Stevia have been there for months! I haven't eaten any lasagna for quite a while!
If you are interested in the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, HERE is a link to the original Trim Healthy Mama book and the two new books are HERE and HERE.
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