Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Sesame Green Beans

I recently visited my parents and their garden has been doing great lately so we went out and picked some fresh green beans. I love green beans so I made them right away. I found a variation of this recipe online and changed it to my tastes. My fiance really liked this how they turned out and went back for a second helping.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 pound fresh green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sesame seeds and let cook for a minute or two, then add fresh green beans. Cook, stirring, until the beans turn bright green.
Pour in vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until beans are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid evaporates.

Bento 33 – Zen Garden

I am really happy with how this bento turned out. I think it’s reminiscent of a zen garden. I used fresh green beans and red potatoes for the main part of this bento – it is the part that reminds me most of a zen garden. The green beans are like the sand and the potatoes like the large boulders. Then there’s some tomato and vermicelli noodles with a fresh basil leaf. For dessert I placed some peach slices on top of a pile of pineapple.

This bento has been entered in a competition on Not Exactly Bento

Homemade Homegrown Tomato Marinara

My Mom has a pretty nice garden and right now there’s tons of pear and cherry tomatoes, basil, and other great vegetables ready for the picking. So I thought making a fresh marinara sauce would be a nice meal for my boyfriend and I tonight. We went to HEB and found some nice looking white wine and some whole wheat pasta and I was ready to cook.

I made up the recipe and tried to keep it simple and fresh, we both agreed that it turned out really good. Sadly, the picture came out a little blurry.

fresh pasta

Homemade Homegrown Tomato Marinara

3 cups dried pasta
2 cups cherry/pear tomatoes (1 cup chopped, 1 cup whole)
1 1/2 cups white wine
4 leaves of basil, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Boil water and get noodles cooking. Heat up olive oil in medium saucepan and add garlic and onion. After a couple minutes, add tomatoes. After a couple more minutes add white wine. Let the wine cook down and soften the vegetables. Use a fork or tongs to smash remaining tomatoes and let it cook down some more. Add oregano, basil, and salt and pepper. Serve over drained pasta noodles.