This week marks the end of our month long experimentation with four common veggies. Each week, including this week’s Green Bean-fest, led me to at least one new recipe that one of the 2 Kids liked. Sophia even managed to surprise me this go around by asking for a second helping of one our recipes.
Herb Roasted Green Beans –
As I mentioned during carrot week, I got the idea for this recipe from Phnewfula over at Turtle Pie’s Drool Session. It’s a bunch of green beans (and carrots this time around) placed in an aluminum foil pouch with some olive oil and herbs, then placed in the oven to roast.
Mom – I thought they were good, especially with the carrots. A few fingerling or baby red potatoes would’ve been a nice addition too…but we all know I like my veggies…
Alex – Wasn’t enthusiastic about the green bean portion of this blend. He did eat them, but said he preferred the carrot.
Soph – She preferred the beans in this dish to the carrots, which is unusual for her. She only ate a few though.
Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic –
This is another of my own inventions. I basically steam the green beans in a saute pan, then pour off the water, add olive oil, garlic and a bit of salt and let them lightly brown.
Mom – Hey, I made them, so you know I like ’em 😀
Alex – Said they were ‘medium’. Medium in Alex language means he will eat them…so that works for me.
Soph – This is where Soph surprised me. She ate them. She ate all of them and then….OMG…she asked for more. I was in shock. Yes, the Mom will be making this recipe again.
Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad –
I found this recipe on FoodNetwork.com. Honestly, it was less of a ‘finding’ and more of a ‘looking for.’ I love green bean salads and thought it would be a good recipe for us to try. I will say that when shopping, I forgot the red onion, so I made it with a white onion, adding a bit more harshness in the onion dept. BUT, my kids don’t eat raw onions and I really didn’t have high hopes for them liking this recipe at all, so I made it knowing I’d be eating most, if not all of it. I suppose I should’ve made something I was more hopeful about; but kids, well they are not predictable.
Mom – I hated it…Just kidding 😛 I liked it. I had made it earlier with red onions and prefer them in the recipe to the white, but it was ok with white too.
Alex – On this one, I got a medium to high…oh yeah! I don’t know if I believe him though, he only ate one bite. I’m gonna make it again with red onions and we’ll see what he says then.
Soph – Well, I bribed her into taking a bite of just the beans. Then she went to the sink and spit it out. Personally I think she just didn’t give it a chance, but I don’t think she’ll be asking me to make it again any time soon.
So there you have it, the end of our veggie testing month. I’ll have to say it was fun, at least for me. I actually think we might keep these taste-testing experiments up. There are lots more vegetables out there, just waiting to be tasted–I know Alex and Soph can’t wait for brussel sprout week! ;D