Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Green Beans 2 ways

I bought a lovely bag of fresh green beans the other day. They were tender and not stringy. Almost like spring. This is how I fed them to my family!

Sesame Green Beans

1 Large handful of fresh green beans, topped and tailed
1/2 red pepper, julienne cut
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp sesame seeds*
coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper

In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch the green beans. Take them out after 2-3 minute and immediately put them in to a cold water and ice bath to stop the cooking and to keep that bright colour. You can carry on with the steps or you can put them in the fridge for later use that day or the next.

Just before you are ready to serve the beans, heat up a large pan and add the oil and butter. When it is hot add the sliced peppers, beans, garlic and ginger. Saute the mix until it is hot and cooked to desired consistency. (I like my veggies crispier than my husband)

Season generously with the salt and pepper and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

*look for black sesame seeds next time you are out, they look really cool alone or mixed with the white kind

Mint Green Beans for Baby

1 large handful of green beans, topped and tailed (again, take out the thick string down the spine)
1/2 tsp dried mint or small handful of fresh mint, cleaned and picked off the stem

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the green beans until they are soft and cooked through. 6-7 minutes. Stop the cooking immediately by putting them in to a bowl of ice water. Reserve the cooking liquid.

Put the chilled green beans along with the mint in to a blender or food processor. Blend to desired consistency that your baby is eating. You may need to add a little of the cooking liquid to help it puree.

Use up with in 3 days or freeze in ice cube tray for up to 3 months.

*When I made these I felt like my baby is almost ready for a chunkier puree so I did it in 2 batches. The first more chunky and the second really smooth. Make sure you remember to label them clearly!

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