Beans In the bean department, Maggie, our 11 year old daughter, recommends simple and delicious.
Steam the beans until tender. Melt a little butter over the beans and salt and pepper to taste.
We’d have to agree – they are delicious!
Garlic Green Beans
1 1/4 pounds green beans, trimmed
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped or grated lemon zest
1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) toasted almonds, either slivered or finely chopped
(3 tablespoons chopped)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small bulb, or 4 cloves, green garlic, or 2 large cloves regular garlic,
minced Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preparation: 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously and add the beans. Cook for five minutes until tender, and transfer to a bowl of ice-cold water. Drain. (Alternatively, steam the beans for five minutes and refresh with cold water). 2. Mix together the parsley, lemon zest and almonds in a small bowl. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet, and add the garlic. As soon as it begins to sizzle and smell good (30 seconds to a minute), stir in the beans. Toss for about a minute until the beans are coated with oil and cooked garlic, then stir in the parsley mixture. Stir for a minute, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the beans to a platter or serving dish, scrape the almond mixture remaining in the pan over the top and serve.
Yield: Serves Four.
The blanched or steamed green beans will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator.
Potato Green Bean Salad
6 oz. green beans
2 lbs red potatoes, cut into potato salad sized pieces
¼ cup olive oil
4 tsp lemon juice
4 tsp whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons chopped thyme leaves
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
Simmer green beans in salted water until barely tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or wire-mesh skimmer, and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain, and pat dry. Add potatoes to the same pot of salted water, and simmer until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes, and halve them. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and thyme in a large bowl. Add potatoes, beans, and red onion. Gently toss. Season with salt.
Roasted Vegetable Salad This recipe can be used with a mixture of vegetables that sounds good to you. The trick is to cut the vegetables in varying thicknesses based on how long they will take to roast since you’ll want them to all get done at the same time. Carrots or potatoes should be sliced thinner than summer squash or egg plant, for example. Preheat oven to 425.
10 cups or so of fresh vegetables chopped for even cooking
possibilities include, but are not limited to potatoes, eggplant, onions, garlic, summer
squash, green beans, peppers, fennel, carrots, garlic.
Spread on a baking pan and toss with ¼ cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt – kosher salt, if you have some. Bake for 20 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Let the vegetables cool.
Slice 2 cups of cherry tomatoes in half and toss with the vegetables along with 3 oz. of feta cheese and a vinaigrette dressing.
1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
½ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons olive oil
fresh herbs - try basil, thyme, oregano to taste
Pepper to taste
The vegetables would also be good served over pasta or rice or topping a pizza.
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