I have made a conscious decision. This is going to be the best summer ever. See, I am unemployed and studying for the Minnesota bar. In short, I go to 3 hours of class a day and spend the rest of the day doing whatever I want. Sure, I gotta get some studying done. But it’s completely self-scheduled studying. No meetings. No office I have to be at. No uncomfortable suit jacket to wear. No recording every 6 minutes of my time. Instead, I get to sit on my porch, drink a beer, crack open my Barbri books and relearn everything I learned my first year of law school. It’s not too bad. In fact, I love it. Because I have complete control over my schedule. If I want to work-out at 3 in the afternoon, I can. If I want to run to Target, I can. If I want to study in my swimsuit and get a tan, I can. This is far better than sitting in an office all day. And chances are, I will not get the opportunity to have such freedom with my afternoon schedule ever again.
watching Criminal Minds and falling deeper in love with Matthew Gray Gubler studying for the bar, I haven’t had as much time to make full meals. Rather, I have resorted to snacking. And of course, when I think of great snacks, anything that can go on chips sounds like the perfect study aid. This black bean salad is excellent on chips–its a great garnish for tacos and is even tasty all by itself. Even better, all you gotta do is throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Even a brain mushed from too much studying of property law can manage that!
- 1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 ounce can of corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- 4 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Colavita
- 1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
- 1 avocado, chopped
- Mix all ingredients together into a large bowl, leaving the avocados out.
- Let mixture marinate for several hours. Add in avocados when ready to serve. Enjoy!
Source: Once Upon a Chef
1/2 per serving. Serves 10. 3 WW plus points per serving.