Anything for the Baby’s Brain… Salad

A surprise attack by a squirrel on the bike trail today left my right-hand man wounded. He came home and decided to hit the much more docile project of starting an herb garden, thus pots adorn our patio this evening. I am all for it, as well as his broccoli sprouting. Bring it! We live in the city but would love a garden. We once grew basil indoors, and I loved how each time you’d brush by it the room would take on the aroma of an Italian kitchen.

Although both he and the squirrel survived, it was a rough day; so tonight I decided to succumb to his suggestion that a few sardines now and then might be a good idea. I know Baby’s brain is being wired and synapses are starting to do their thing. Why not a little more Omega-3? I read somewhere that such good oils could perhaps go so far as to increase a little one’s attention span. Can’t hurt, I suppose.

If the little fishes whole headless bodies turn your stomachs, this salad is just right sans sardines. Vegan, too.

But if you’re willing to take a walk on the wild side, then give them a try. We get an 88¢ variety from our local Menards, the hardware store truely with it ALL. Plus, what can you find for 88¢ these days? That is some cheap Omega-3!

The recipe is simple and with all of the crunchy vegetables, you won’t even notice the spine. Promise.

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbes de Province
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1 small avocado, cut into large chunks (or subsititute cucumbers)
  • 1 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 3 T sliced Kalmata olives
  • 1 3.5oz package/can of sardines in water, oil or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 t cracked pepper
  • salt to taste

Prepare the vegetables and stir together all ingredients. Serve chilled. Enjoy… or try to. 😉

Bon Courage !

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