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As we sat there staring at what seemed like thousands of tiny pieces, she said, “I’m going to need a lot more wine than this if I’m going to put this thing together.”
It’s BBQ month so I’m celebrating with my favorite BBQ side salad. This healthy vegan bean salad is the easiest and quickest bean salad ever! Made with canned beans, only 6 ingredients and in 5 minutes, it’s not only my fave go-to summer salad recipes, it’s only 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point per 1/2 cup serving! It’s packed with fibre, protein and good fat (unsaturated). I make this most often when we’re throwing something on the BBQ and I need a quick barbecue side dish.
We had just moved into our new house and received a new BBQ as a housewarming gift:
So I had called my friend to come over to help me put the BBQ together. She was good at these sorts of things. Not only was she an engineer, but several years back, she had put together this massive oak desk that we had bought at a 2nd hand sale. It was beyond confusing and each piece felt like it weighed at least 50 lbs. Yet somehow she figured it all out. I was in awe.
It took her hours and all she got out of it was a burger. Now that’s a good friend.
But this time, I had wine to offer up and she liked that. The barbecue, however, was a different story.
It was a beast.
So we just drank more wine instead.
Then a few days later, to my complete surprise and joy, I came home to a working BBQ – in one piece! My husband had put it together. Again, I was in complete awe… especially because he seemed to think it was no big deal.
It was a big deal.
We use the BBQ quite a bit and seem to need a new one every few years. This BBQ is next on my BBQ purchase list: this Weber grill . After living in the house for 14 years, we’ve had a number of BBQ’s and each time we get a new one, he casually puts it together, like it’s no big deal.
Maybe because he doesn’t drink wine.
I continue to be in awe of those that can put things together so easily. And hope I am never again charged with that task.
My perfect world is one of NO assembly required.
The moral of the story is: don’t drink wine WHILE you are putting together a BBQ – wait until afterwards.
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Easy Bean Salad (Vegan)
This healthy vegan bean salad is the easiest and quickest bean salad made with canned beans, has only 6 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make. It's not only my go-to summer salad recipe, it's only 1 Weight Watchers freestyle smart point per 1/2 cup! I make this most often when we're throwing something on the BBQ and I need a quick barbecue side dish.
- 2 14 oz can cut green beans drained
- 3 19 oz can mixed bean/bean medley (red kidney beans, chick peas, romano beans, great northern white beans) drained
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp white granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Pour everything into a bowl and mix well. Serve.