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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.


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
  • 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
  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



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

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

  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.

  4. those look delicious!

  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.

  6. That sounds amazing!

  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.

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

  9. Anonymous7/26/2011

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

  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.

  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!


  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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