True confession: I didn’t finish my dinner last night because I was too full from eating a thousand green beans. And the kicker? I don’t even like green beans. Too rubbery. Or worse, mushy.
One time in college I got on a healthy I’m-gonna-eat-my-vegetables kick. My roommate/BFF Sarah and I both had meal plans at the campus dining center. (The food there was subpar, at best, but it was also endless, and that cancels out any inferiority in the eyes of a college freshman.)
The green beans they served were awful. But my new-found-veggie-eating self was determined to eat them, and I piled some on Sarah’s plate too, hoping to force some vitamins into her so that we didn’t both get scurvy from eating nothing but Maple Bars all day. (There were doughnuts in the cafeteria. All the time, every day. Prepaid. What would YOU do?)
We go sit down and I start eating my greens like a good girl. They are endless. I can’t believe how many I served myself. This is an absolute mountain of green beans. Surely I’ve had a decent serving by now? But I have…to…finish…
That was when I realized that Sarah had slowly transferred her ENTIRE PILE of green beans onto my plate when I wasn’t looking. *Shakes fist* I’ll get you for that one day Sarah, just you wait!
Lori from Recipe Girl (have you been to her blog? Go. Now.) mentioned yesterday that there are only 13 days left until Easter. Today it’s 12. You know what this means? The clock is ticking! Only 2 weeks left of Reese’s Eggs and Sweet Tart Jelly Beans, guys. I’m officially in emergency mode. Easter candy makes the world go round.
But it also means that it’s time to start figuring out our Easter menus. Are you guys traditional ham people? Lamb and mint? Or just deviled eggs all the way? I finally changed up my sidebar over on the right and added a bunch of Easter food recipes to get your brains going. Check it out.
I’ll be adding this recipe for Lemon Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans. I should have named it The Recipe That Made Me Like Green Beans. I think there’s something in feta you guys. Perhaps an addictive chemical that makes you crave it fortnightly?
This recipe is not too far off from Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds, also known as The Recipe That Made Me Eat a Pound of Broccoli In One Sitting. I wanted to try it with green beans, just to see if it would make me like them. It totally worked. I added lemon instead of vinegar and love the brightness that it adds. The fried pecans put it over the top. You should fry some extra and just eat them…so good.
Source: The Food Charlatan, adapted from this recipe.
And don’t forget the lemon zest.