Friday, June 25, 2010

Green Bean Goodness

Doesn't this just make your mouth water? It does mine.

1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans trimmed & cut into 1 in. pieces
2/3 c. olive oil
1 t dried dill weed
1/3 c white wine vinegar
1/2 t minced garlic
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground pepper
1 c. coarsely chopped pecans - toasted
1/2 c. diced red onions
1 c. crumbled feta cheese

Cook green beans in large sauce pan of boiling water (about 4 min.). Drain, immerse in cold water, drain and pat dry. In small bowl, combine olive oil, dill, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk to blend. Place beans in shallow serving bowl. Sprinkle with pecans, red onion and feta. Just before serving, top with dressing and toss.

Most importantly...enjoy :)


I went to a class where my friend Mary Jesperson taught us how to make lots of yummy smoothies. Here are the recipes for the delicious, healthy smoothies that she shared with us. She makes them for her kids all the time, but they are good for anyone.


Spinach Smoothie
                        - Mary Jesperson

1 cup orange juice (or 1 med orange)
Handful of spinach
1 leaf of Kale (minus the stem)

Mix together until smooth and green. Then add:

1 banana
½ cup berries (blueberries, raspberries, Costco triple mix berries)

Blend together and serve immediately (it doesn’t keep well)

“Mommy’s Yucky Smoothie” (need a good blender for this one)
                                    - Mary Jesperson

1 cup milk (or soy milk)
½ of an apple
3-4 baby carrots
handful of spinach
1 banana
½ cup blueberries
5 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
protein powder (optional)


“Go-Go Juice”
-       Ruth Holmes

2 cups cold water
2 large handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, chard…)
2 fresh or frozen bananas
2 cups fruit, fresh or frozen (strawberries, blueberries, apples, etc)
Ice (optional)

Pour water in blender and add greens. Blend on high until there are no visible green leaf pieces. Add fruit and ice if desired. Blend until smooth and creamy. Will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator.

Apple Celery Strawberry Smoothie
                        -Delicious Meets Nutritious, Xagave cookbook

1 apple, core removed
1-2 stalks of celery
4-8 strawberries (if using frozen strawberries, eliminate the ice)
juice from half a lemon
½ cup water
4-6 ice cubes
2 TBS agave syrup (if you don’t have agave, use honey or other sweetener if desired)

Blend together. Serve immediately.

“Green” Banana Smoothie
-       Big Book of Juices and Smoothies

2 bananas
2 kiwi fruits
1 handful red, seedless grapes
½ cup plus 2 TBS apple juice

Blend all ingredients together until smooth

Strawberry Ice Cream
-       Mary Jesperson

1 cup milk (or soy milk)
3 cups frozen strawberries
1-2 dropperfuls of vanilla stevia (to your taste)

Blend until creamy

Chocolate “Frosty”
                        -Delicious meets Nutritious, Xagave cookbook

4 cups ice
2 ½ TBS cocoa powder
1/3 cup agave syrup
1 (14 oz) can coconut cream (or milk)
½ tsp guar gum (optional blending agent that makes frosty smooth, not icy)

Blend all ingredients on higher until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes).