Sunday, June 9, 2013

Magic Beans

351/365/1812 (May 28, 2013) - Magic Beans

So I have been trying very hard to cook well and healthy over the past few years. The results have been great for the most part. But every so often, you want to make something that is amazing that might not be as healthy as it could be. And that brings me to these "Magic Beans" - maybe these are not healthy foods - but they were amazing! I suppose we could cut back a little on the olive oil...but man, these were great. I adapted these from a previous recipe for Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds. This in turn was adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe on the Food Network website. I believe that this will be a new side dish when I feel the need to impress my guests!

 Ingredients (Serves 4):
1/2 pounds Green beans (trimmed of stem end)
4 tbsp Olive oil (trim this a bit for a slightly healthier dish)
1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced (or 3 medium onions)
1/4 tsp Kosher salt (adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp Black pepper (adjust to taste)
8 oz Mushrooms (white or baby bella), sliced
1/4 tsp Thyme, dried
1/4 cup Sliced almonds

1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the green beans. Cook for five minutes. Drain the beans and then run them under some cold water to stop them from cooking.
2. Heat olive oil to low-medium heat in a saute pan. Add the onions, kosher salt and pepper and cook for around 20 minutes (stirring often).
3. Add mushrooms, dried thyme and sliced almonds - then cook for 4-5 more minutes.
4. Add the cooked green beans to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes more.

ENJOY this amazing side dish!

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