Thursday, January 6, 2011

Today is... BEAN DAY!

Happy Bean Day!  Haha.  I'm not quite sure who comes up with these holidays... but that's okay!  I looooove green beans.  I don't mind baked beans once in a while, or beans in chili (mmm.. I can't wait for chili day.).  Unfortunately I didn't pick up any fresh green beans to cook them today... bummer.  But, I promise you guys that I will later this week (um, the week is almost over.  But that's okay!  I'll go and get some tomorrow or Saturday.) and take photos & post it on here.  For a belated bean day.  I have an awesome poem that Danielle sent me:

Beans and Toast

Beans and Toast,
Beans and Toast,
The breakfast I love the most.

Beans and Toast,
Beans and Toast,
You're the best from coast to coast.

Beans and Toast,
Beans and Toast,
You are my favorite, I don't mean to boast.

Beans and Toast,
Beans and Toast,
Without you, I'm as white as a ghost.

Beans and Toast,
Beans and Toast,
The breakfast I love the most.
written by McKaylah, age 9.  (a poem from her travel journal through Europe.  This poem was written in London.)
Haha, so cute!  Here are a couple of recipes for green beans that I found.  I love to eat them with garlic & olive oil and tons of fresh ground pepper, but I think I may have to try these recipes out.
1 lb. fresh green beans, stems removed
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese


Steam green beans until slightly tender, about 6-8 minutes.
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Transfer steamed green beans to the melted butter and garlic. Toss to coat green beans evenly and continue to sautee for approximately 5 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and sprinkle grated parmesan. Toss once again until parmesan is melted, approximately 1 minute.


Yields: 8 servings
10 ounces haricots verts (French green beans)
2 (10.5-ounce) packages cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon palm sugar, freshly grated
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1-½ teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, lengthwise.
Brush a baking pan with olive oil. Place the tomatoes, flesh side up. 
In a small bowl, dissolve the palm sugar in balsamic vinegar. Add garlic and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle, shake well and squirt it over the tomatoes.
Roast for 2 hours at 275°F. At the end, to ensure the garlic is well roasted, change the setting to a broil for about 3-4 minutes. Allow to cool for about 1 hour; the tomatoes should be warm.
Wash and pat dry the green beans.

Heat the rest of the oil in a large, non-stick pan. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions and slowly cook until caramelized, stirring often. Add the beans. Toss well, leaving the heat at the highest setting for about 3 minutes until the color changes and becomes translucent. Add salt (this step will ensure a bright green color). Drizzle about 1 cup of water and cook until the liquid completely evaporates. The green beans should still be crisp at this point, not mushy. Adjust seasoning. Add more salt (if necessary) and pepper. Transfer to a platter and add the caramelized cherry tomatoes, drizzling the pan drippings over the greens. Toss well.

Serve immediately.

Bon appétit!

(I have a question, do you guys cut the end of your green beans off? While I was looking for recipes to share with you guys, I noticed not many photos had the ends trimmed. I always cut them off. Weird, haha.)


  1. A very happy bean day to you! Hehe :)

  2. I ate beans and toast last night, I kid you not. It's because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store though, but now I can blame it on Bean Day! Haha.

  3. Yummm!!! We love beans!! :) <3 The poem was too cute! We grow fresh green beans in our garden and we never cut the ends off {not even before we can them!}. :) <3


  4. That looks so yummy. I'm hungry now.

  5. Those look so delicious! I love green beans they are quite possibly my favorite veggie! Oh and my daughter loves just kidney beans! She eats them like peanuts haha.

    Happy Bean Day!

  6. haha, love this one! I like the beans people put in chili, like chili beans and pinto beans!

  7. HOW CUTE!!!
    HAppy Bean Day!!!!
    I printed out the pdf sheet of the year that you emailed over to me and I highlighted all the days I want to celebrate and I am so excited!! Bath day is tomorrow and it will really give me a chance to relax and also hat day is right around the corner and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hats!!!! :D
    Happy day friend!!!

  8. I LOVE green beans too! fresh off the vine is my favorite! I only cut the end that is attached to the vine.... and i hardly ever eat them cooked. I must try that garlic Parmesan recipe! thanks for sharing!


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