Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)

I'm going basic with this because I know there are people who have never cooked green beans from scratch!  If you are a little scared of the fresh green beans this is for you!

Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)

Ingredients

  • Green Beans
  • 1/2 an onion
  • Water or broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Snap your beans (take off the ends and throw away, then break into bite size chunks)
  2. Chop in large pieces an onion (cut off the ends, cut in half, put half away for later, strip off a couple outside layers until it is fresh, then cut in wedges, then cut the other direction to make about 1/2 in pieces.)
  3. Put green beans in a frying pan
  4. Put onion in too
  5. Barely cover with water
  6. Add a generous bit of salt (1/2 tsp)
  7. bring to a fast boil
  8. Take off stove and drain when the onions and green beans have changed color and drain.
  9. If you want to steam them put the green beans in the steamer basket with the onions
  10. add a bit of water under
  11. add salt
  12. steam until the change of color.
  13. put pepper to taste right before serving.


	

Grilled Vegetables Italian Style

Grilled Vegetables Italian Style

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Prepare enough Marinade to Generously cover your veggies.
  2. Put your EVOO in a sauce pan.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Chop 4 cloves garlic in large chunks.
  5. Mince Thyme and Rosemary very finely and add only a small amount of rosemary and a bit more thyme.
  6. Simmer until the garlic gets a bit of color.
  7. Remove from heat
  8. You may strain out garlic and herbs or leave them.
  9. Add chopped basil and wilt it.
  10. Slice Zucchini, Eggplant, Peppers into large enough chunks that they don't fall into the grill (think lengthwise!)
  11. Half the tomatoes and seed them.
  12. Coat everything in the Marinade.
  13. Reserve the rest of the marinade.
  14. Grill until tender. Keep it flipping to avoid too much char.
  15. Spoon all the "goodies" (garlic and herbs) out of the marinade onto the finished platter of veggies.
  16. Drizzle a bit of balsamic over.
  17. Grind some fresh pepper on top.
  18. Serve over Pasta, or alongside meat. (The Marinade will do great on steaks but don't use it for anything after the meat so maybe just make a bit more! Soak it then rub a bit of ground thyme on the meat then grill!)

Lime Mango Smoothie

Lime Mango Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • 1/4 cup or so of water

Instructions

  1. remove fruit from 2 mangoes put in blender
  2. peel 1 lime and remove seeds put in blender
  3. A few cubes of ice
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water so it isn't too thick
  5. Blend until smooth (preferably with a high powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix)

Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

This is a peppy pretty fruit salad!

Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Lime
  • Sprinkle of chili powder (optional)
  • Drizzle of Honey

Instructions

  1. Slice up some strawberries, peaches, mangoes and bananas.
  2. Squeeze a few limes.
  3. Add a drizzle of honey and mix.
  4. Dust with a light sprinkle of chili powder to make it more interesting!