Caper Green Beans

This…was the lovely side to the leg of lamb that I posted last week 🙂  I’ve been surprised at how many different tastes you can get simply by taking some veggies, cooking them or leaving them cold…and tossing them with a vinaigrette!  In fact I’ve been so inspired by it that I have started trying my own combos!  But those, we will save for another day!  Today, I will show you one from perfectweightamerica.com.  I was very excited to try it, because through making his favorite white bean tuna salad for lunches (like seriously…he eats it every day, haha!) my husband has fallen in love with the taste capers add to the dish.  So it was fun to try another recipe that used them 🙂  As always, I upped the garlic 🙂  We opted to eat these warm, but you can also toss them into a bowl of ice water after cooking them if you want a cold bean salad 🙂

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Green Beans, trimmed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 6 Leaves Basil, chopped
  • 2 Leaves Oregano, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

 

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, ensuring that it will be enough to cover the beans.
  2. Salt it generously, the original says about a tsp of salt per quart of water 🙂
  3. Toss in the beans and cook 8-10 minutes.
  4. Mix up the vinaigrette ingredients (everything else) and toss it with the green beans.
  5. Serve, eat, enjoy the taste and nutrition you are loving your body with 🙂

 

Super easy, quick, and healthy 🙂

Caper Green Beans

 

Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette (On a Cold Bean Salad!)

This was a very different way to eat green beans!!!  I’ve never had them cold 🙂  It was yummy!!  But my favorite part of this was the vinaigrette!!!  I seriously think I want to make it just for salad…like an Asian salad with mandarins and grilled chicken and nuts and raisins and sunflower seeds!!! Oh my gosh that would be delicious!!  And I find the sheer amount of garlic to die for!  So here’s the recipe, thanks to perfectweightamerica.com for this one!  I have to give them complete credit, it was so fun I didn’t even change anything 🙂  I will put down the instructions for the cold bean salad as well, but use this vinaigrette on whatever you want!  Yummy!

Note: If you are making this to go with a meal, make sure you start it early, it’s supposed to chill for an hour before serving 🙂

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 C fresh green beans
  • 1 Large orange, juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

And here’s how you do it 🙂

  1. Boil a large pot of water, and throw your beans in until they are tender-crisp.
  2. Immediately remove from heat and toss into ice water to stop the cooking process.  Let sit for a few minutes until they are cool.
  3. Drain and dry beans on some paper towels.
  4. Whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette (olive oil, garlic, dijon, fresh orange juice, salt & pepper).
  5. Combine beans and vinaigrette, toss to coat, and place in your fridge to sit for at least an hour!!
  6. Eat.  Yummy!  Healthy!!  Fun!!

Here’s my pictures yay!

Citrus Vinegarette 2Boil boil boil boil boil till you’re almost done!!!  Al dente baby!

Citrus Vinegarette 3Cool those hotties down!!!  Quick!

Citrus VinegaretteWhisk up your yummy vinaigrette!!!  LOVE the fresh orange juice!!!!

Citrus Vinegarette 4Toss with your green beans and chill for an hour….and….

Citrus Vinegarette 5Pile them on your plate and devour!!!  Nice change from all the hot veggie sides…nice and refreshing 🙂  I hope you enjoy!! Again, put this vinaigrette on whatever veggies you desire, even a fresh salad 🙂  Shoot…add some balsamic and I bet it would make a killer chicken marinade…shoot boy, I gotta try that!!