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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Can you believe I’m craving a vegetable now?

We tried a new recipe for green beans tonight and it was so good we nearly licked the pan! Oh man, delish.

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The recipe came from the EatingWell magazine (which I now want to subscribe to) and was easy enough that a five-year-old (Ro) and an amateur cook (me) could make it. Do yourself a favor and make these for dinner tomorrow – I’ll bet you’ll never have plain steamed green beans again. Well at least I know we won’t. Heh. Here’s the recipe with some notes on what we changed (intentionally and accidentally):

Balsamic Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided (I messed up and used 2TB, not 2tsp – and will make this “mistake” every time now because the beans were FAB)
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I didn’t mince very finely, because Ro was “helping” so much, but the dish still turned out wonderfully)
  • 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and cook, stirring often, until seared in spots, 2-3 minutes. Add water, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes for tender-crisp or 6 minutes for tender. Push the beans to the side; add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, stir everything together and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes (I cooked them for about 5 or 6 minutes because I wanted the tomatoes to be on the soft side and cooked through). Remove from heat; stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. (Don’t leave out the balsamic – the flavor was key and was SO GOOD.)
This was all that was left:DSC_7678LR

Mmmmmmm.

13 comments:

  1. Just bought green beans at the farmer's market today... we will be trying this tomorrow.

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  2. Yum, looks delicious, especially with the cherry tomatoes. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Ooooo...Sophie will love these. I usually steam green beans. Emma likes them with butter, but Sophie prefers to dip hers in balsamic vinegar.

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  4. those look delicious!

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  5. Yummy! I have a recipe very similar to this with asparagus and red peppers that is wonderful! I'll have to try this one too. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. That sounds amazing!

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  7. These look really good, I'll have to give it a try. I posted a long bean recipe today, definitely not as colorful as yours but still delish. Have a great trip with the girls.

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  8. Oooo...those look delicious! Will have to try them soon! Mmmm....

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  9. Just made the recipe and it was GREAT! Thanks so much!

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  10. Theat sounds great. I will definitely have to try it. I typically saute my green beans in butter with loads of garlic. You can never have too much garlic.

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  11. These were soooo good! I convinced my daughters to eat these because "two Hubei girls loved them, so they have to be good." They wholeheartedly agreed!

    Lisa

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  12. I made this last night but did not add the tomatoes as I don't love them and neither does my kids BUT I added bacon..lol ..the next best thing to tomatoes:)
    WE LOVED IT!! I will be making these again and next time I am leaving out the bacon as it honestly did not need it..thanks for posting this:)

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