Monday, October 17, 2011
She's back - again!
Marinated Green Beans
The New Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific Cookbook Copyright 2002, 2006
2 pounds fresh green beans
¼ cup chopped red onion I used green onion
2 cups cherry tomato halves I used grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook or steam the green beans in a little water in the microwave or on the stove until crisp-tender. Drain. (I shocked them in ice water.) Add the onion and tomato.
In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, mustard, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss with the green bean mixture. Serve or refrigerate until serving.
I put this cookbook aside because I really hate to share any single cookbook too heavily but it's been a while and some of you may still need to know about this cookbook. This is my favorite 'healthy' cookbook. I have a lot of good healthy cookbooks but I love how well-rounded this one is. It's not low-carb or high-fiber or fat-free or sugar-free. Everything is in moderation. Most importantly, the recipes are for the kind of food that I eat. They are mostly from scratch but there are a few convenience ingredients making appearances. There are recipes you can serve your family for dinner and recipes that are 'fancy' enough to serve to company. Nothing is overly complicated.
I had picked up some pre-trimmed, steam-in-bag, fresh green beans at a good price and decided to try this recipe with one bag of them. It was a 12-ounce bag so I added a bit more tomato. I couldn't find red onion in the store and I already had green onion so I went with that. It worked for me. I should have made the full recipe - I loved this. I will probably make another batch tomorrow. Of course, as I always caution, you must use a good balsamic. The one I use is a store-brand, from Weis stores, if you live and shop in this part of Pennsylvania. I've tried some nasty ones in the past. If I had never found one I liked, I would have been scared away from all recipes with balsamic vinegar.
Question of the Day: Are you watching anything particular in your diet right now (sodium, carbs, fat, etc)?