So it's January 31st and we've been 'cutting back' and 'slimming down' for a month now.
How did we do? How do we feel?
Me, after four straight weeks of (almost) religiously counting Weight Watchers points, I'm finally feeling back in control (except for weekends, my danger zones) and feel new resolve to 'keep counting'. To help out, I've stocked the freezer with no-fuss no-muss frozen vegetables. I got tired of just plain ol' green beans so decided to spice them up a bit and was amazed at how many different ways they could be fixed, just using on-hand ingredients.
So this list is no recipe -- just, I hope, an inspiration to look into the depths of your own pantries. If you've got an idea for doctoring green beans, leave a comment -- we'll inspire one another!
#1 Beans with Mayo & Soy Sauce Toss cooked beans with about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce.
#2 Beans with Peanut Butter & Soy Sauce Toss cooked beans with about 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (or just plain crunchy peanut butter).
#3 Beans with Orange Toss cooked beans with 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate.
#4 Beans with Lemon & Honey Toss cooked beans with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a half tablespoon of honey. Season with lemon pepper.
#5 Beans with Popcorn Oil Toss cooked beans with a half tablespoon of flavored popcorn oil. Yum!
#6 Beans with Horseradish Sauce Toss cooked beans with a tablespoon of sour cream and a half tablespoon of horseradish.
#7 Beans with Mustard Toss cooked green beans with a spoonful of good mustard. (Many thanks to Elizabeth from Blog from Our Kitchen for this tip! She likes a coarse mustard.)
NOT SO GOOD
Green beans tossed with black bean sauce
Who else pays special attention to recipes that Food & Wine and Cooking Light identify as 'staff favorites'? So here are the 'staff favorites' (ahem, yes my own) for January from A Veggie Venture. They represent the season, yes? with spare, healthful food and a comfort-food soup.
~ Broccoli with Sautéed Garlic, the favorite side vegetable ~
~ Quick 'Massaged' Kale Salad, the favorite vegetable salad ~
~ 15-Bean Soup, January's favorite soup ~
~ Favorite Vegetable Recipes, nearly three years of favorites, just one per month ~
PRINT JUST A RECIPE! Now you can print a recipe without wasting ink and paper on the header and sidebar. Here's how.
NEVER MISS A RECIPE! For 'home delivery' of new recipes from A Veggie Venture, sign up here. Once you do, new recipes will be delivered, automatically, straight to your e-mail In Box.
Eat more vegetables! A Veggie Venture is the home of Veggie Evangelist Alanna Kellogg and is the award-winning source of free vegetable recipes, quick, easy, and yes, delicious. Start with the Alphabet of Vegetables or dive into all the Weight Watchers vegetable recipes or all the low carb vegetable recipes. © Copyright 2007