Friday, August 22, 2014

Pinto Bean and Hominy Salad

So earlier this year I noticed I can't eat grocery store bakery cookies (think the cookies in the clear plastic containers).  I don't know what they put in them (Publix, Sam's, Kroger, Costco), but an hour after eating one, I'm doubled over in gut-wrenching pain.  The solution?  Make my own cookies and stop eating theirs. 

Well come spring, I noticed the same thing was happening with corn.  Not with HFCS, but ears of corn, frozen corn, canned corn and popcorn  (doesn't matter organic or non).  This is not good as I love corn, and a lot of foods we have involve corn.   I thought about substituting hominy in some recipes to see if it was the shell, but never got around to it. 

Lo and behold, Homesick Texan goes and posts this recipe.  And we finally got around to planning to have it.  It was really good.  I love pinto beans and all the flavors meshed well.  Definitely will have again, especially since I was left gut-pain free.

We had with left-over Jalapeno and Beer Brined Pork.

Pinto Bean and Hominy Salad

From Homesick Texan

Photo by ALB

4 cups cooked pinto beans, drained or 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can hominy, drained
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered or 2 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and diced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
4 tablespoons olive oil (used 3)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled or 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

In a large bowl, add the pinto beans, hominy, red onion, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, red bell pepper, and jalapeño. Toss until well combined.

Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and smoked paprika. Pour over the beans and stir until evenly distributed. Stir in the Cotija or feta cheese. Add salt to taste.

While you can serve it immediately, it tastes better if covered and chilled for at least an hour.

Nutritional Information from My Fitness Pal (6 Servings)
Calories: 237; Carbs: 29; Fat: 9; Protein: 7; Sodium: 526; Fiber: 8

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