how to roast green beans

Vegetable Spotlight On… Roasted Green Beans

Roasted broccoli is what I would consider a gateway vegetable. It’s delicious, easy (nearly foolproof actually), and super healthy all at the same time. Once I mastered roasting broccoli (it didn’t take much), I started using its simple roasting formula on other vegetables, as well.

 

For the record, the roasting formula looks something like this:

Washed & Chopped Vegetables
+ Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper
+ 400° Oven for 20-30 Minutes
= Crispy Delicious Health Nuggets

 

If you have never roasted broccoli, please do so immediately. Andrew and I eat it weekly as a side dish with dinner, but I don’t hesitate to put it out as an appetizer when friends come over, either. That’s how good it is.

 

Ok, so we get it. Broccoli is an ideal “starter veggie” because it’s hard to mess up and consistently yields delicious roasted results. But broccoli is not a novelty in this category. I can vouch for zucchini, sweet and regular potatoes, carrots, radishes, leeks, eggplant, onion, brussels sprouts, squash, and bell peppers, too. (I tried roasting okra and it came out slimy and gross, but I think that was just because okra is slimy and gross.)

 

Note: Different vegetables need different cooking times, but a good rule of thumb is to start with 10 minutes, then remove from the oven to toss and assess doneness. Continue adding 10 minute increments in the oven until the veggies are crisped to your liking.

 

Green Beans

Today I’m here to shine some light on green beans, a vegetable that I for some reason hadn’t thought to roast until recently. But I’ve changed my ways! Because it turns out that roasted green beans are awesome! They’re arguably easier than roasted broccoli because there’s no chopping required; just toss with olive oil, salt & pepper, and throw them in the oven.

 

green beans

 

Green beans are super low maintenance in the prep department, but they’re also killer in the taste department. Without knowing anything about the specific science of a green bean’s internal makeup, there is something fancy that happens during the roasting process that gives green beans a sweetness that pairs really well with the also delightful resulting crispiness.

 

I’d eat a plate of roasted green beans sooner than I’d eat a plate of french fries. If you think that’s a crazy statement, you’ve never roasted green beans. Ammiright?

 

Roasted Green Beans

INGREDIENTS

Green beans
1-2 T olive oil
Salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil (for easier cleanup).
2. Wash and dry the green beans and place them on the baking sheet.
3. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Bake on the lowest rack of your oven for about 25 minutes, tossing the beans halfway through.
5. Enjoy!

 

roasted green beans

 

Question: What’s your favorite roasted vegetable? I don’t have just one, but I love roasted broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts, and now green beans.

Amy

 

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My First Pinterest Fail & WIAW #47

Good morning!

How are you? How is Wednesday treating you so far? So far my day is off to a great start, and by that I mean I’ve made coffee. So listen, I ate some food yesterday and I’d really love to tell you all about it! Interested? Then read on for this week’s edition of…

 

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday 6/2/15

 

8:30am – Coffee! I usually drink my coffee on the move as I wander around the house each morning tidying up, and then I’ll put it somewhere pretty to take a photo.

bulletproof coffee #WIAW

At the moment, this is as pretty as it gets. Our house is in a constant state of semi-mess right now while all of the camping gear and other random equipment we need for our trips and travels this summer is sprawled all over the place. I’m trying to be really casual about the mess.

 

Mid-morning, I had Andrew’s leftover smoothie for a snack.

mini smoothie #WIAW

 

Andrew came home for lunch yesterday! So I had to make something more exciting than plain tuna and pickles. Around noon, I prepared avocado and tuna bagel melts…

Avocado tuna bagel melt prep #WIAW

Served with pickles and kale chips.

Lunch: avocado tuna melts with pickles and kale chips #WIAW

 

And then, because I really wanted to sell Andrew on the whole “coming home for lunch” idea… CAKE!

lunch cake #WIAW

 

Pinterest Fail Cake

Ok, so about this cake. It’s a raspberry yogurt layer cake with lemon buttercream frosting. And it tastes just as amazing as it sounds (in my opinion). Where it’s lacking, however, is in the visual category. (Also up for debate, read on.)

sprinkle cake

To be honest, by the time I finished baking, cooling, slicing, icing, and decorating the cake, I felt pretty proud of myself and thought it looked pretty great. Keep in mind this is my first cake-baking experience, so it’s only natural that I would use an entire bottle of sprinkles and write “bye felicia” in cursive on it.

frosted sprinkle cake #WIAW

But then I pulled up the Pinterest recipe to compare mine against the original, and I immediately felt the shame of a Pinterest Fail.

Here’s my cake…

MY cake #WIAW

And here’s the one it was inspired by on Pinterest…

Pinterest cake fail #WIAW

Which would you rather eat?

It’s actually pretty hilarious how terrible my cake looks in comparison, when I don’t think it looks THAT awful in real life. Plus, it tastes really good, so I’m still pleased with the end result.

Here’s the link to the Pinterest cake that I based my recipe off of. I modified with goat’s milk yogurt, in case you were wondering.

 

Mid-afternoon, I cut up a couple peaches. A yellow and a white to be specific.

peaches #WIAW

And had a couple pieces of bacon jerky… mostly because I wanted to show this stuff to you guys (and it’s not good enough to make Friday Favorites).

bacon jerky #WIAW

For those of you who shop at Trader Joe’s, have you seen this? In theory, I like it, seeing as most jerky is just trying to be bacon anyways. I don’t need the sweet Sriracha flavor though, it just makes it taste sugary and feel sticky. It was a funny impulse purchase that I don’t think I’ll make again. But hey, bacon.

 

Andrew had dinner plans with a friend, and I had plans to take a kickboxing class at my gym so I was on my own for an early dinner. It was the perfect opportunity to use up some of the many leftovers in our fridge.

green beans, brussels and sausage, kale pasta #WIAW

Roasted green beans (left), shaved brussels sprouts with chicken sausage (top), and kale pasta (right). All eaten while catching up on the SYTYCD premiere from Monday night.

All of a sudden, there is a ton of TV to watch:

Bachelorette (I’ve embraced it)
So You Think You Can Dance
Extreme Weight Loss

Question: What are you guys watching? What’s missing from my list? 

 

Happy Wednesday and Happy Eating. See you guys later!

Amy

 

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