Ellen’s Version of Cowboy Caviar

I love this dip so much! There is such great flavor that is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and deliciousness!  I won’t get started on fiber right now since I am going to past my entire lecture on the health benefits of fiber soon!  I originally found this dish at Costco and one day they didn’t carry it.  I was pretty upset so I had to come up with my own version of the dish to satisfy my craving.  I have added pasta and turned it into a pasta salad that was great for a potluck supper.  These ingredients can usually be found in a pantry and used when you need to whip up a dish real quick!

1 Can Black beans, rinsed and drained

1 Can Black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1/4 -1/3 Green bell pepper, diced

¼-1/3 Red Bell pepper, diced

½ Medium to small yellow onion, diced

¾ Cup Italian dressing

Dash of smoked paprika (I like a really heavy dash!)

Black pepper to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste (optional to give it heat)

Chips to scoop the dip into


Mix all the ingredients together well.

Note: This recipe gets better with time in the refrigerator but it is still delicious right out of the bowl!

This is a great recipe to make into a pasta salad. Just add pasta and serve!

These ingredients can be added as well:

1 can of corn or 1 ear of fresh corn cooked and cut off the cob (frozen corn can be used as well about 1/3 cup cooked/heated)  1 can of petit diced tomatoes or 1 fresh tomato diced can be added too both of those are drained

PS: I know you are thinking, “Where is the photo!”  There will be a photo of this dish soon!


Spiced Kale Salad

Curried Kale Salad

I am one of those people for LOVE kale.  Before I moved to California I never had tried it.  I’m not sure why but,it is so tasty.  I have made kale chips before and devoured them in a sitting.

This dish is one that I can also devour in one sitting.  It has the right touch of sweetness within a savory dish.  I made this up one day with what was in my cupboard.


This dish is so simple to make too!  First add oil to the pan, then add cumin and turmeric.  then I like to toast the pine nuts with the spices.  Add kale mix around, ensuring that you coat the kale with the spices.  Then once it has ben sautéed enough so it starts to get darker add cranberries! Voila! It is done and you have a healthy side dish.  I have to admit I have eaten the entire thing myself, that is how much I enjoy it!

Enjoy! If it works out for you please let me know!