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

 

[Photo Sources: 1, 2]

Friday Favorites #25 Farmers Market Finds, Boho Dresses, & A Recipe

Most Friday posts start off with a bunch of word salad because I’m so over-the-top excited that it’s Friday that I don’t take the time to formulate proper thoughts.

I think that was a case in point.

Per usual, I am thrilled that the weekend is finally upon us. We’re far enough along into Spring that no one really remembers that it’s not actually Summer yet, and every weekend feels completely beach-able. At least that’s the case here in LA… Boston – have you defrosted yet?

If I may continue to brag for one more paragraph, I’ll note that my current work schedule does not have me working Fridays, so I’ll be spending the rest of the day just living the dream: sitting in the sun on our patio. You can hate me for now, but this won’t be my schedule for much longer, so I’m milking it while I can. I promise.

Friday Favorites #25

This week’s favorites are pretty predictable. There’s fruit, there’s fitness, there’s a Kevin or two… But there are also chocolate chip banana pancakes, just to keep you guys on your toes. Let’s get started, and as always please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.

 

Artichokes

Artichokes from the farmers' market

Notoriously difficult to prepare, I think I’m starting to get the hang of these pointy green vegetables, thanks in large part to this article.

 

Artisanal Semolina Pasta

Artisanal Semolina Pasta from Wheel House

It’s so artisanal! Andrew and I tasted this pasta fresh at a happy hour that our local cheese shop, Wheel House, held a week or so ago. Strozzapreti is one of Andrew’s favorite pasta shapes (very hard to find) and we liked the taste of the semolina pasta enough to buy a whole bag. We had some for dinner last night along with broccoli, zucchini, onion and bacon. It was delicious and had a good amount of al dente ‘bite’.

 

Summer Fruit Rainbow

farmers market rainbow of fruit

You can expect to see fruit on my Friday Favorites lists for the duration of the summer. And I know that it’s not even officially summer yet, but the peaches are already summer quality. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that the summer season is going to be a short one. Cherries are already on their way out, sadly. Thanks a lot, drought.

 

GF Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

GF Chocolate Chip, Banana Pancakes

A tupperware container of these delicious pancakes appeared in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, and I’ve since received several requests for the recipe. Ask and you shall receive, my friends.

(GF) Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
(Serves 2)

INGREDIENTS

1 very ripe banana
1 t baking powder
1 egg
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T sunflower seed butter (or almond butter)
1 T coconut oil
3 T almond milk
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mash the banana well, and stir in the baking powder (it will fizz a little).
2. Add the egg, oil, salt, vanilla, sunbutter, and milk. Stir well.
3. Add the oats and stir until just combined. No need to go crazy with it. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Heat a pan or skillet over medium heat and spray or lightly coat with coconut oil or butter.
5. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet for each pancake and allow to cook on each side for 4-5 minutes (or until golden brown).

 

These Free People boho dresses

[Free People Tyler DressFree People My Girl Dress, Free People Bateau Dress]

How is it that I can get caught up browsing boho dresses for practically 30 minutes, even when I have zero intention of buying any? Although, to be fair, by the end of those 30 minutes, I had some minor intentions of buying one or more boho dresses.

 

Kickboxing

One of the reasons this post is coming to you so late in the day is that I took a kickboxing class at LA Fitness this morning. I’ve done some kickboxing here and there in the past, but this morning’s class had a great teacher and really good, really loud music. The combination of all of those things led to an amazing class and an even better workout. I’ll certainly be incorporating more of it into my workout routine. Any avid kickboxers out there?

 

Patio Cats

 patio cats

We’ve slowly been introducing the Kevins to the great outdoors, by way of our tiny enclosed patio. It’s funny to see how ‘at home’ Al feels, whereas Sam is like a pretty little princess who doesn’t want to get dirty and would rather stay inside if given the choice.

Al…

Al on the patio

Sam…

Princess Sam on the patio

 

Links from around the web:

Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village [WSJ] I love reading about what makes the healthiest people on earth healthy. It’s always more than just nutrition and exercise.

Need some baby goats in your life? [Mashable] The answer is ‘always’.

Hanging Squid Planters [This is Why I’m Broke] Made me realize I need more plants inside.

This DIY Leather Jewelry Dish [Le Fashion] Seems like a doable, yet chic craft project.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend. See you back here next week!

Amy

 

Check out what others are loving over on Heather’s blog.

Friday-Favorite-Link-Up-Botton-Life-In-Leggings