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Italian Roasted Green Beans

Italian roasted green beansGetting green beans in our harvest box is always a treat for me. Growing up, my Mom had a HUGE garden in the yard. We would weed rows and rows of green beans. It was always worth it to  enjoy those yummy beans come harvest time. Fresh beans are so much better than canned or frozen. This simple side dish only took 25 minutes start to finish, mostly roasting time. I served them with grilled chicken breasts seasoned with the same herbs as the beans-oregano and basil.

Italian Roasted Green Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Toss all ingredients together. Pour onto a jelly roll pan, trying not to let the beans touch each other. Roast for 20 minutes, until beans are tender.

These beans caramelized nicely and had great flavor.

Happy eating!

Ruth

So Simple!

Chinese five spice chicken and beansI was a little worried about the green beans in our harvest box this week, so I wanted to use them right away. I didn’t have time to go to the store, and was planning to use some dried herbs and bake them with chicken. I can’t believe I was out of rosemary! Standing in front of my spice cabinet, I noticed some Chinese Five Spice powder, and decided to give it a shot. This simple main dish was very tasty, and only took 40 minutes start to finish. (Eight minutes of that was trimming the beans, and 30 minutes of baking time.)

Chinese Five Spice Chicken and Beans
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder, divided
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded thinly
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine oil and ¼ teaspoon of the Chinese Five Spice powder. Add green beans and toss to combine. Place beans in an 11 X 7 pan.
  2. Add the remaining Chinese Five Spice powder to the oil remaining in the bowl. Dredge chicken in the oil. Place on top of beans.
  3. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Simple, isn’t it?

Happy eating!

Ruth

Happy Thanksgiving!

green bean "casserole"Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m cooking today, but we did a lot of the prep work yesterday. Can’t miss any of those football games! I’m planning to make a couple of side dishes on the grill, in order to free up oven space for the turkey and dressing. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I still make dressing the same way my Mom did when I was a kid.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Turkey and Gravy
  • Dressing with Celery and Onions
  • Mashed Potatoes (my daughter is making them from scratch, using a secret ingredient)
  • Grilled Sweet Potatoes (still need to post this recipe one of these days)
  • Grilled Green Bean “Casserole”
  • Whole Cranberry Sauce (recipe off the back of the bag)
  • Pumpkin Pie

Today, I am thankful for family, friends, and the new job I will be starting soon. What are you thankful for?

Happy eating!

Ruth

Grilled Green Bean “Casserole”

green bean "casserole"The weather is turning warmer, so grilling season is in high gear. While we grill year around, it is not unusual for us to fix something on the grill 3 nights a week in the summer. For some reason, I have healthy Thanksgiving on my mind, and decided to use the green beans to make a green bean “casserole” on the grill.

Grilled Green Bean "Casserole"
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 small button mushrooms, halved and then sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, remove the leaves from the stems
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Cut a piece of wide, heavy duty aluminum foil about 5 feet long and fold in half. Spray one side with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Place beans, mushrooms, onions, olive oil and thyme leaves on foil. Drugstore wrap the foil into a package.
  4. Grill package on the grill for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.
  5. Toss almonds into the beans just prior to serving.

If you don’t remember how to do the drugstore wrap, the directions are here.

I served this with grilled pork chops, but it would also be good with steak or chicken.

Happy eating!

Ruth