No Use Looking at “What if” and Fresh Green Beans with Baby Bellas

by Joanne on April 23, 2012

Out of curiosity, I checked the weather in Boston one week after the marathon:

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Ah…those “what ifs”.  Do they get us anywhere? NoAre they worth the time thinking about them? No.  Moving on…

Green Beans – an all around favorite.

A healthy side dish with a touch of  CRUNCH.  I used toasted brazil nuts to top this healthy side but if you are allergic to nuts, a good substitute would be toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

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What’s so healthy about this dish?  Well, we have the green beans which have a higher antioxidant capacity than similar foods in the pea or bean family. They also support cardiovascular health and have anti-inflammatory benefits. More information here.

We also include the baby bella mushrooms.  Portabella mushrooms are low-calorie, fat free, and high in protein. They’re an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. More information here.

Of course there is the Sunflower oil which is a good moisturizer (if you’d rather use it on your skin than cook with it), rich in vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, tryptophan, and contains a HOST of additional nutrients.

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Finally the brazil nut. The brazil nut is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids that helps to lower bad cholesterol. It’s high in selenium, a good source of vitamin E, B-Complex vitamins, and other minerals such as manganese, iron, zinc, etc. More information HERE.

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Green Beans with Baby Bellas – serves 4

  • 12 oz fresh green beans
  • 10 oz Baby Bellas – cleaned, peeled and sliced in 3 slices
  • 1 tsp Sunflower oil
  • 6 – 8 Brazil nuts, chopped then toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Microwave the beans for 2 minutes while heating the Sunflower oil in a large sauté pan.

Add the green beans to the heated oil in the pan, add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and toss around. Cook for 5 – 6 minutes on medium heat. 

Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook until desired tenderness of the bean.  *Ours was done just right after about 5 minutes.

Toast the brazil nuts. *Brazil nuts have a high fat content and you need to watch these carefully, Don’t burn.

Sprinkle the toasted nuts over beans and enjoy.

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Green beans are one of my favorites.  What’s your favorite bean?

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1 Comment

  • At 2012.04.23 18:30, Monet said:

    I’m sorry the weather changed after the fact. No good! But this dish looks just about perfect. Thank you for sharing. I’m sitting next to my puppy and eating a perfectly ripe peach. Your blog post was a fitting addition to a wonderful afternoon.
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