When I first moved out on my own, one of the kitchen tools that I did not own was a colander. I lost many a valuable ingredient to the kitchen sink trying to drain a can without a colander, holding a sharp, crimped lid closely with my fingers over the opening and trying to let the liquid loose without letting the contents of a can escape.
Finally owning a colander was life-changing. Not only could I drain beans and other canned goods with ease, but I could also rinse and clean vegetables and fruits without much hassle.
Now, Brookshire’s offers a mini colander for sale in a variety of fun, bright colors in a small size that easily fits into your sink (even in your dorm room), and it’s safe for the top rack of your dishwasher. You can buy an assortment of colors to make kitchen tasks like rinsing leafy greens, sorting and cleaning purple hull peas, or draining a can of black beans a breeze. Cooking pasta for one? Drain your pasta in this colander as well. Then, pop it into your dishwasher for a quick cleanup.
This Three-Bean Salad, which is a great side dish for your Labor Day cookout, comes together quickly using the Mini Colanders, available now at Brookshire’s.
8 oz shelled edamame (frozen is fine)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 cups celery, thinly sliced
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Steam edamame until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Drain in the mini colander; rinse under cold water to stop cooking process.
Heat olive oil in cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add cumin. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Pour into large bowl.
Add edamame to cumin oil; stir in remaining ingredients until well-coated. Refrigerate overnight to blend flavors. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Serves 6 (as a side dish)
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 253, Fat: 11 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 891 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 12 g.
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