Avocado and Cannellini Bean Salad

2017 is right around the corner — can you believe it? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are as stuffed as I am on turkey and stuffing! Now though, is the time I try to start eating better. I usually enjoy whatever I want over the holidays and of course a few days later feel terrible about it!

I am struggling guys. Struggling pretty badly to lose baby weight from our beautiful baby girl this past summer. I’ve never lost weight very quickly after babies, but this time I feel like I’m gaining it at rapid speeds. She is almost 5 months old and although breastfeeding is always talked about as this wonderful thing that helps you lose weight — it never has for me, and Hanna is a champion nurser so I find I am hungry all the time.

With 2017 right around the corner I want to tackle eating the best I can. To start I am really excited to share with you this delicious Avocado and Cannellini bean salad! It’s delicious, filling and the best part? It isn’t full of terrible things for you!

Avocado & Cannellini Bean Salad

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 15-ounce can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of a small lemon
  • 4-5 basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, scoop the flesh of each avocado half out in one piece.
  2. Squeeze the lemon all over the avocado and cut into cubes.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss gently, being careful to not break the avocado up too much.
  4. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, vinegar and oil to your liking.
  5. You can eat this at room temperature by itself or over lettuce. It’s also great with tortilla chips or flatbread.

If you prefer it chilled, place it in the refrigerator and stir it every 10 or 15 minutes. Keep in mind that the avocado will start to turn, so I don’t suggest waiting too long to eat it ;)

To spice it up, you can add finely chop jalapeno or crushed red pepper flakes.

For 2017 I don’t really have many goals beyond blog goals. I do however want to start eating way better, and making sure to stay healthy for not only my sake but my family too. I really need to be a little more adventurous with food, and explore new things.

Before my pregnancy with Hanna I was so picky. I wouldn’t eat many things but now I am trying more, and eating things I’d swore I wouldn’t ever eat before – and its great, my kids really are more adventurous than me when it comes to food so I want them to see me doing the same.

I find now if I don’t like some things my kids automatically don’t like them either, especially my girls. Always trying to be like their mama —  its safe to say everything we do as parents are not only under the microscope from others but our little ones eyes too, its important we lead by example so in 2017 I’m making sure that stretches to eating for me too!

What are your goals for 2017?

Jeanine

Jeanine

Owner/Author at Six Time Mommy
I am a super lucky 31 year old mother of 7 (4 boys, 3 girls!) Living in Toronto, Canada. I love to blog, share experiences and bring awareness to causes, brands and products I feel strongly about. Welcome to my world on the web!
Jeanine

About Jeanine

I am a super lucky 31 year old mother of 7 (4 boys, 3 girls!) Living in Toronto, Canada. I love to blog, share experiences and bring awareness to causes, brands and products I feel strongly about. Welcome to my world on the web!

Comments

  1. Breast feeding (as awesome as it is) never helped me get rid of the baby weight either. My “baby” is now 28 and I haven’t lost all the baby weight yet. :)
    I’m tired of all the heavy holiday foods and I’m ready to get back on track with healthy eating. I’m crazy about avocados and cannelloni beans, so this is a winner for me. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. I have never been a fan of avocado, but everything else in this salad sounds great! It is very simple to make, as well, and would be great to throw together in small batches for a quick lunch.

  3. Avocados are so good for you! This salad looks pefect for my new years eve party tonight. thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  4. That Avocado and Cannellini bean salad sounds so yummy! I am in LOVE with avocados, they’re my favorite things ever. I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  5. I have to admit that I haven’t made any bean salads in a very long time so I will have to make this recipe for sure. My son eats a lot of beans because he is gluten free and dairy free. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. This is such a great salad. I can see everything I would want to eat all in one plate! I think vinegar and olive oil great a great mixture. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. as a vegetarian I am always looking for recipes and this one looks perfect! I’ve never thought if adding avocado to beans but seeing this it makes perfect sense!

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