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Oh look, it’s already the middle of July!  The year’s half-gone, and so much has happened and there’s more to come.

I hope everyone’s summer is going well.  I’ve had a few weekend trips and another coming up later in the month, our AC broke down a couple weeks ago and was thankfully fixed quickly, and I’m still trying to get my cooking mojo back.  I’m not sure what happened or quite when it happened, but I haven’t been spending as much time playing around in the kitchen.  And when I do, it’s to make quick and simple stuff.  Luckily for me, summer is the best time to do quick and simple. After all, it’s the season for fresh fruit, veggies, outdoor dining, and grilling!  Believe it or not, I have even craved a salad or two!

When it comes to salads, I’m pretty picky. I just can’t do salads that combine meat, fruit, nuts, stinky cheese, sweet dressing, etc.  A fruit salad, yes.  A grilled chicken salad, yes.  Fattoush or Greek salad, yes. A grain salad or bowl of chopped veggies and dressing, yes. Chicken with berries, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, random greens and a raspberry vinaigrette?  Um, no thanks.

This super quick and easy black bean, tomato, and corn salad? YES!!

I love that this can be eaten on its own, over lettuce with some grilled chicken for a faux Chipotle burrito bol, or even as a topping for grilled fish. All it contains is canned black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes, along with some cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt and lime juice for seasoning. Dump and go, my kind of “recipe!”

For this salad, I like to use the diced tomatoes with green chilies for a bit of heat. It just so happens that the folks at Red Gold contacted me and offered to send me an assortment of their canned diced tomatoes to play around with.  Red Gold is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated business that has been making premium quality tomato products since 1942. I used canned tomato products quite a bit, so I was more than happy to sample some of their products.  The diced tomatoes with chilies are perfect for something like my salad or when I make chili.  The diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil  and the ones with basil, garlic, and oregano will of course be used when I make pasta sauce. If only I liked cilantro, the diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro sound interesting and I think would work well in a homemade salsa.

So, not only did the folks at Red Gold send me a variety of canned diced tomatoes and a cute apron, but they are going to let me give away the same to one of you!  And they are throwing a Summer Grillin’ Party and we are all invited!  Be sure to stop by their Facebook page  for a chance to win an apron or the grand prize, a Big Egg Grill!

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Here’s what you need to do to win your own assortment of Red Gold diced tomatoes:

1. Visit the Red Gold website, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me which of their diced tomato products you’d like to try. For an additional entry, tell me which of their other products you’d like to try.

2.  Leave a comment here telling me your favorite summer-time quick and easy recipe/dish

3.  Follow Spice’s Bites on Facebook (www.facebook.com/spicesbites) and Twitter (@spicesbites) and leave a comment here telling me you did

4.  Follow Red Gold on Facebook (www.facebook.com/redgold) and Twitter (@RedGoldTomatoes) and leave a comment here telling me you did.

5.  Tweet about this giveaway, using the hashtags #RGParty, #RedGoldRecipes, and #EGGhead4life. You can do this once per day.

Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents age 18 and over.  Giveaway runs from Monday, July 14th, 2014 through 9pm EST Friday, July 18th, 2014.  Once I’ve selected a winner, I will email you to get your contact info, so make sure you enter an email address when leaving a comment (it won’t show up in the comment). Winner has 48 hours to reply or else I will have to select another winner.

*Disclosure:  Red Gold Tomatoes sent me several varieties of their canned diced tomatoes to sample and review. I did not receive any compensation and am not obligated to post a positive review.  Any opinions are my own.  Red Gold Tomatoes  is providing the prize for the winner of the giveaway.

UPDATE

Here’s the winner of the giveaway!

Dandi D July 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm [edit]

I’d also like to try their black bean and corn salsa.

Congrats, Dandi D!  Please send me your contact info!

Red Gold Giveaway winner

 

Quick and Easy Black Bean, Tomato, and Corn Salad

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Ingredients

1 14.5 oz can black beans, drained

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained

1 14.5 oz can yellow corn, drained

1/4 cup sliced green onions

chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, and lime juice to taste

 

Preparation

1.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl, seasoning to taste.  Enjoy!

 

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Daily Bites – 7/15/14

by spiceaholic on July 15, 2014

Okay, so staying up past midnight to finish binge-watching season 2 of Hemlock Grove on Netflix was a baaaaad idea. I realized this as soon as I tried to get up this morning. I’m definitely officially old.

Today I was supposed to work out of our Cartersville office.  Unless I’m planning to be there quite a few days I don’t keep any food there, so planning my eats on those days can be a bit tricky.  In desperate need of caffeine, I hit the drive-thru at McDonald’s on the way up for a large Coke Zero and a Sausage McMuffin.  It’s not the worst thing on the menu and keeps me full until lunch.  I just can’t do this every day.

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Usually when I’m up in Cartersville I end up going out to lunch with coworkers, unless I’m slammed during tax time, when I end up buying frozen crap to eat while I work.  Last night I managed to pack my lunch so all I had to do was grab it on the way out.  The restaurant selection up there is kinda on the meh side so I really wasn’t missing anything by bringing lunch today. Except maybe gossip, but I can get that without going out to lunch!

Lunch today was a Greek turkey burger, spinach, whole wheat couscous, and carrot chips.  Once again I didn’t eat my berries. If I don’t eat them tomorrow, they’re getting tossed.  But they sure look pretty in my lunch.

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Remember how I stayed up late watching tv? Yes, so that finally hit me this afternoon.  I had to make a Starbucks run for a cool lime refresher.  I love these during summer!  The venti is only 80 calories which is not too bad for  a big drink.

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So although I didn’t like last night’s yogurt, today’s wasn’t horrible.  It tasted much better and the texture was a bit better.  But I still prefer my Fage 2% blood orange.  Especially with a few dark chocolate chips mixed in.  Yum.

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Dinner was some leftover sockeye salmon baked with jerk seasoning, baby spinach, and whole wheat couscous.  And some spicy lime pickle to perk things up.

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I got snacky after dinner.  I’ve got Pirate’s Booty in the little measuring bowl — this one holds 3/4 cup in half the bowl and 1.5 cups for the whole bowl. One serving filled up the bowl.  I love love love Cadbury chocolate from outside the U.S., so when I saw Flake bars at the Indian grocery store I snatched up a few.  One bar is about 175 calories which isn’t too bad.  This really could have been worse — most days I’d probably snarf down the whole bag of Pirate’s Booty and eat more chocolate to chase it down.  I went a bit over my calories today but I was under yesterday, so it balances out.

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Good night!

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Daily Bites – 7/14/14

July 14, 2014

So.  It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Let’s just leave it at that. I’d like to say that I’ve been keeping up with the healthy eating and exercising, but that is so not the truth. It seems like quite a few people I know have been able to find something that works for them and […]

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*CLOSED* Fiery Confetti Noodles + Dreamfields Pasta Giveaway

March 10, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I’m over all this yucky cold weather and ready for some sunshine and warmth.  Luckily for me, we’ve had some very nice spring-ish weather the past couple days here in Atlanta.  Not so lucky for me, I’m in the middle of tax season. Boo! During the fall and winter, […]

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*CLOSED* Late July Organic Multigrain Snacks Review and Giveaway

March 3, 2014

Nothing makes this girl happier than to come home to a big box of chips. Mr. Spice saw the box and shook his head, since I pretty much have a box from Amazon every week. Whatever. When I told him it was samples for the blog it seemed to mollify him a bit, but only […]

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Spicy Southwestern Yogurt Dip Trio

February 2, 2014

So apparently there’s going to be a big game on later today.  This is the first I’ve heard of it! The only reason I pay any modicum of attention to the game is for the ads and I think you can even preview them before the game now, so what’s the point?  Oh right, the […]

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Daily Bites – 1/25/14

January 25, 2014

Ahhh, Saturday. How has yours been? Mine hasn’t been too bad — went to my Weight Watchers meeting (they must hate me, I’ve been playing with the same 2.5 lb since the end of September), did some groceries, relaxed and puttered around in the kitchen. I had a clementine right after weighing in, then after […]

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Daily Bites – 1/22/14

January 22, 2014

So right after I promise my wellness coach that I’d post my eats every day this week, what do I do?  Not post yesterday’s eats.  Sorry Ruthie! I had intended to have some of that vat of oatmeal I’d made this weekend for breakfast, but as usual we were running late and it was all […]

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Daily Bites – 1/20/14

January 20, 2014

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend, mine was pretty good and productive.  Finally got some repairs done on my car, then got it washed and cleaned inside.  Went to a dinner party with some friends Saturday night.  Sunday I relaxed and made steel-cut oats and brown rice in the slow-cooker to see if […]

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Daily Bites – 1/14/14

January 14, 2014

Howdy! Here’s the eats for today: Pre-commute rainbow smoothie for Mr. Spice and me made with water, mango green tea Crystal Light, kale, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, and frozen mango chunks. During my commute I had a protein shake. At least once or twice a week I work out of our other office which is located […]

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