Thursday, April 9, 2009

one green thing on your plate

Growing up my mother used to have a rule that we had to have at least one green thing on our dinner plate. I have no problem with this, but the universe of green things my carnivore eats is minuscule, so we don't always follow this rule (don't tell). However, we both agree on this side item. Green beans are a staple in my house. I love them fresh, but I do hate the prep work. I have found a great product in Costco's freezer aisle to save me some time though. They have a giant bag (of course) with smaller bags inside of prepped green beans. You can just open a bag and toss it directly into a wok. If you do use these, be sure to put them in your wok on low heat and let them defrost some before you add the oil. In my house, we use sesame oil, but olive oil will work just fine. Just a tablespoon of two will do. I also season them with minced garlic (or powder will be fine in a pinch), kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat them thoroughly, but make sure they are still firm and crisp when you put them on the plate. And, then feel good about getting your carnivore to eat something green!

menu ideas:
Last night we had green beans and boiled potatoes that I tossed with butter and rosemary. My carnivore grilled a chicken breast and I heated up a fake chicken patty in the oven along with some crescent rolls. A simple but satisfying dinner for two.


  1. Trader Joe's also sells THE MOST DELICIOUS frozen french green beans! They aren't packaged in little bags, but you literally just dump a servings worth into your pan, reseal the bag, and put it back into the freezer.

    Also my new favorite veggie-find at TJ's, Masala Veggie Burgers. SOooooo good.

    Even though I'm a carnivore, I sure do love the veggie-foods!!

  2. i wish we had a trader joes in memphis! whenever i visit nashville i take my bags with me and fill them up with things i can't find anywhere else before i drive home.

  3. I am making these right now!! I use olive oil (only becuase I don't have sesame oil). I'm also tossing in sliced almonds!!

  4. my mother-in-law likes to use olive oil, salt and pepper. i will have to tell her about almonds!


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