Garlicky Green Beans

Quite possibly my favorite vegetable, I have always loved green beans.  Maybe because my grandfather used to grow them in his garden years ago.  As a child, I remember seeing rows and rows of beans that he would harvest and can for the winter months.

Like most vegetables, this one is best when you buy fresh.  After a quick 3 minute steaming I’ll finish them in a simple garlic oil with red pepper flakes for a big pop of flavor!

First, wash and trim the ends of the green beans.  You can cut them in half or leave them full length.  I set up a pot of boiling water with a steamer basket and steamed the green beans for 3 minutes.  Do it in batches so you don’t crowd the colander.

After three minutes, shock them under cold water to stop the cooking.

Next, warm a tbsp. of olive oil in a stainless steel skillet on the lowest heat.  Add one sliced garlic clove and let it mellow and flavor the oil for about 10 minutes.  Don’t let it burn.  Right before adding the green beans, throw in a pinch of red pepper flakes (more if you like the heat) and let them toast for 30 seconds.

Add the green beans and toss to coat.  You can remove the garlic or leave it in.  How long to cook depends on how you like your beans.  About 2 minutes for crisp tender, or more if you like them softer.  Add salt if you like.

That’s all there is to it, the perfect accompaniment to so many meals.

Notes ♪♫  After steaming the green beans for 3 minutes you can store them in the freezer.  You will preserve much of their fresh flavor, color and texture, and still have the convenience of frozen veggies!  Spread them out on a dish towel to dry before freezing, to remove as much moisture out as possible.  Divide them into meal sized portions and place in freezer safe bags.

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Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables.  It is aptly named – sweet tasting, easy to slice and seed, and you can eat the skin!  My favorite preparation is a simple toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and oven roasted.

Until recently Delicata Squash has only been available for a short time in early autumn, but today it’s becoming more popular and I was pleased to find it at the market in May.  You don’t want to miss out on this treat, so if you see one be sure to snap it up!

It was a little extra work to make the pretty medallions.  After cutting the squash into rounds I ran a paring knife around the center of each slice to remove the seeds.  So worth it for the beautiful presentation.  If pressed for time and you want to get it done quickly, just cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon.  Then slice it into half moons.


  • 1 Delicata squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray


Line a baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray.  Slice the squash into 1/2″ thick medallions and remove the seeds and pulp from the center.  Lay the slices on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Turn to coat both sides and season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 30 minutes at 400º.  It’s as simple as that!

Such a pretty addition to your dinner plate, the slices remind me of sunflowers!  It was a nice change from our usual veggie sides and I’m sure your family will love it as much as we did!

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