Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ree's Magical Green Beans

See these beans, dear readers? These are magic beans.

Oh yes they are. Not the kind with the beanstalk and the giant. But definitely the kind that make you see and hear things you never thought were possible! Observe this pre-dinner conversation ...

DH: "Beans?? What are beans doing in our house?!"
Moi: "You have something against beans?"
DH: "No, but there's nothing good about them either."
Moi: "Well, this is what we're having as a side-dish with the pasta tonight. We need to add more greens to our diet since we're both trying to lose weight."
DH: "Not me! I'm not going to ruin the pasta by eating beans with them! I don't care about greens!" *additional ranting along these same lines*

Now, carefully read the post-dinner conversation.

DH: "Hey, do we have any more of these beans? These were good! I could have these often. I want more now!"

Moi: *stunned silence*

There you have it, folks. The most compelling evidence in favor of these magic beans! I rest my case.
I have to admit, growing up, beans were one of my least favorite vegetables. My mom used to make a curry with them, chopping them up and adding them to mutton or ground beef - very Pakistani style. And like most kids, I hated that! There was just something very off-putting about those beans cooked in that way. It's only in the last few years that my heart has softened towards green beans, especially when you have them simply steamed with steak or roast chicken and mashed potatoes.

So when I came across The Pioneer Woman's recipe for these beans, I knew just by looking at the ingredients that these had to be good! It's exactly what I need to be eating more of right now. This vegetable is loaded with nutrients — an excellent source of vitamin K (awesome for bone health), vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. And, green beans are a good source of magnesium, thiamin, riboflavin, copper, calcium, phosphorus, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and niacin. My flabby thighs will thank me for this.

Ree's Green Beans (you can check out her fun take on this dish here)

Click here for printable recipe

1 lb green beans (ends snapped off - I cheated and got the pre-cleaned ones, packaged ones)
1 cup chopped onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (capsicum)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
Lots of cracked black pepper
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil

1. Heat the butter and oil in a skillet. Add the garlic, onions and red bell pepper, and saute for a few minutes.

2. Throw in the green beans and stir them around for a minute.

3. Pour in the chicken broth, along with salt and pepper.
4. Turn the heat down to low, and cover the skillet with a lid - but leave it cracked just a bit for the steam to escape. Let this cook away for 15-20 mins, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and the beans are fairly soft, but still have some bite. Serve!

Verdict: I think I've said enough about these already. Clearly, DH has as well. I'm happy to have found a healthy recipe that tastes really good and is totally satisfying. Oh, and it's pretty too - does that count for anything? I've paired these beans with all kinds of entrees, and so will you. As a matter of fact, you'll soon be looking for excuses to make this dish. And rest assured, this is still me typing. My blog has not been hijacked by some health freak. But even my deliciously calorific blog needs to unclog its arteries once in a blue moon. Never fear, I'll be back to piling on the carbs soon enough!

I'll also be submitting this recipe to the next Foodie Fans of The Pioneer Woman round-up. The deadline is still a couple of weeks away, so you guys have time to join in!


Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy & Nice one ..

Joanne said...

I'm sure you do not have FLABBY thighs you have I-just-had-a-baby thighs. VERY different.

Either way these beans look delicious. I wonder if I could even get my dad to eat them...hmmmm.

Unknown said...

They look yummilicious !!!

Unknown said...

DH sounds like my MrP. If I fed him green beans he might cry LOL. They would have to be cleverly disguised amongst meat in order to be eaten.
*kisses* HH

Ms. Meanie said...

Yummy! Those beans do look delicious, and it's even better that they're healthy and man-approved. Great site by the way. Love the south asian recipes!

Yasmeen said...

I like these magical crunchy and vibrant beans better than with gosht that even my mom used to make :D

Cool Lassi(e) said...

The beans do looks tempting enough!

M D said...

I'm here for the first time and the beans look really good. Vibrant green colors, very tempting. The pics are also great!

Saad said...

Green beans!!! Ugh :P
Just discovered you blog. Hope everyone is swell.

Mona said...

Muneeba, your description for these delicious looking beans has made me very hungry. Inshallah, will try!

Anonymous said...

These beans sound terrific indeed!

tasteofbeirut said...

These look just like our lebanese green beans! fabulous!

Unknown said...

oh i never saw this food looks different
i like your blog other than green veg i like all food

Donna-FFW said...

These look absolutely fantastic!!!!! Happy Happy Mothers Day to you!! Glad to know you are doing well. I will be trying to join in the roundup this month now that I am settled:)

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

A stunning green bean dish!!

i so love all of the yummie flavours!

Great food!

Jenny said...

Such lovely colors.