Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Snack Time - Jazzied Green Beans
Yes, jazzied is a word... it means to add a little pizzazz to something otherwise a smidge mundane. In this case, the addition of red onion and lemon zest pizzazz to some steamed green beans. As I've mentioned, I like to keep veggies around in the fridge in case I need a little something more than my nut snack in between meals. This week, I decided to jazzy up some green beans. I took two bags of the Trader Joe's haricot verts (I just prefer the smaller, French, green beans but you can use any kind) and cooked one bag at a time in the microwave for 1.5 minutes (don't forget to snip the corner). The bag suggests cooking for 3 - 4 minutes, but I like a crisp green bean. After cooling for a bit, I cut open the bags and rolled the green beans out of the bag (they stay nice and lined up for quick cutting).I cut the green beans in thirds and put the pieces in a large tupperware. Then I mixed them with finely diced red onion, a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Keep the tupperware in the fridge and spoon some out for a snack or a lunch side dish. For an even jazzier veggie snack with a little punch of protein, sprinkle chopped pecans, slivered almonds or feta on top.