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Thursday, August 27

Easy Peasy 3-Bean Salad for One!

The giveaway in this post is now closed. But there’s a recipe, so keep reading!

When it comes to my kids’ lunches, I try to do a decent job of feeding them a balanced meal. There’s not much sugar, always a protein of some kind, and definitely fresh fruit. The one area where I am lacking, however, is vegetables. Once in a while I throw in sliced cucumbers or carrot sticks, but more often than not I miss vegetables entirely.

quick and easy 3-bean salad recipe for one from @janemaynardLibby’s® recently contacted me about developing a quick and easy single serving recipe using Libby’s 4 oz. Vegetable Cups. To help with developing the recipe, Libby’s mailed our family a box of the vegetable cups to try out and experiment with. My daughter Anna, who loves trying food and cooking with me, was genuinely excited about the cups.

Libby's Vegetable Cups

Anna: “Mom, what are these?”

Me: “Those are the veggie cups I am going to use for a recipe.”

Anna: “Ooooo! Can I have some green beans? Please?!”

Um, yes, she actually said that. And she actually liked the green beans! She liked the carrots, too, and she looooooved the corn. Anna is 100% supportive of me packing the Vegetable Cups in her lunches.

quick and easy 3-bean salad recipe for one from @janemaynard

For the recipe I developed I decided to go with a super quick and easy 3-bean salad for one! This makes for a “fancy” after-school snack or even a quick side dish with dinner when life gets busy. And this recipe utilizes one of my favorite magical ingredients: Italian Dressing. Italian dressing has a way of making pretty much any recipe easier, including salads of all kinds.

quick and easy 3-bean salad recipe for one from @janemaynardIn addition to today’s recipe, we also have a giveaway! Not only will the winner receive an assortment of Libby’s Vegetable Cups, but they will also be gifted with this ridiculously cute Amanda’s Kids’ Lunch Playset from Food52.com. I wish I could enter the giveaway, all three of my kids would love this playset! (Maybe I’ll just have to go buy it!)

amanda's kids' lunch playsetTo enter the giveaway, please do the following (comments must be posted by Midnight PT 9/3/15):

The randomly-selected winner of this giveaway was comment #22 Kelly, who said, “What a great idea! My Mom used to make 3-bean salad, but I never thought about sending it in the kids’ lunches. Thanks for the recipe!”

quick and easy 3-bean salad recipe for one from @janemaynard

And now for the recipe! It seriously took me less than 5 minutes to toss this salad together. It doesn’t get easier than that. Enjoy!

3-Bean Salad for One
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 Libby's 4-oz. Green Bean Vegetable Cup
  • 1 tablespoon garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Voila! You're done!
Notes
Cost: Appx. $0.60/serving

This post was sponsored by Libby’s – payment was received for services rendered.


39 Comments »

  1. 1
    Madeline

    These veggie cups look really convenient, and I have to admit, the toy food set is adorable!!

  2. Looks yummy and now you have given me a good idea for what to put in my kids’ lunches. Thanks!

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    Nora B

    Yum! These look great!

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    Nora B

    i follow libby’s on pinterest!

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    Nora B

    I follow TWFD on pinterest!

  6. Love that playset!! I need it for my boys!

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    Michele

    I never know what to pack in my kids’ lunches! Thanks for a new idea!

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    Shanna

    I follow Libby’s on Pinterest!

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    Shanna

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    Shanna

    Like This Week for Dinner on Facebook as well! Can you tell I want to win this :-)!

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    Sheila

    That play set is adorable. My boys would love having that! They also love eating all kinds of veggies

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    Suzy

    This looks tasty! And the playset is ADORABLE!!!

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    Suzy

    I already follow you on FB!

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    Suzy

    Now following you on Pinterest.

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    Suzy

    Following Libby’s on Pinterest.

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    Mona

    Such a great idea for lunches! Such a fun playset for the littles too.

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    Natalie

    My girls would love this set

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    erin

    I often feel like I have trouble figuring out ways to incorporate veggies into a lunchbox as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    erin

    I like this week for dinner on facebook

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    Sarah Amundson

    I love this salad! We always had it growing up.

  22. 23
    Kelly

    What a great idea! My Mom used to make 3-bean salad, but I never thought about sending it in the kids’ lunches. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. 24
    carolina

    Super cute food Play Set!!

  24. 25
    Ashley_M

    That playset is adorable and now I want 3 bean salad. Yum!

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    David

    We sometimes put fruit cups in our kid’s lunches, but I have never even seen these veggie cups.

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    David

    I Follow Libby’s on Pinterest as 1froglegs

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    David

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    Ashley

    I would love to try these veggie cups!

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    Ashley

    Follow Libby’s on Pinterest as Cricketlady29

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    Ashley

    Like Libby’s on Facebook as Ashley Kolpak

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    Ashley

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    Ashley

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    Leisa

    I follow twfd on Pinterest

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    Margot C

    This looks great I adore the cutting the tortillas with a biscuit cutter)but aren’t you afraid the sauce will make it soggy by lunchtime?

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