Monday, June 9, 2014

Green Beans and Garbanzos

You may have noticed a trend lately, garbanzo beans. One day I discovered my hubby like them, the next day I found them at Costco. Now I have garbanzos in stock, lots of garbanzos! With this latest recipe, I discovered he likes them so much, I can add them to an unfavored vegetable and he'll still devour the whole thing. In the past, I've used the not so healthy, but really stealthy strategy, of adding an unhealthy favorite food to a food that I know is healthy, but not usually eaten. For example, I have frequently added small amounts of bacon, a not so healthy additive, to a healthy food with excellent results. This is the first time I've successfully used a healthy additive to a healthy food. Will wonders ever cease? Here's what all the fuss is about.

1 pound fresh green beans
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
1 Tbs. lemon honey dressing

Fill a 1 quart saucepan half full of water and bring to a boil on the stove top. Prepare the green beans while the water comes to a boil. Snip off the ends of the beans, and cut into 1 inch lengths. Pour the prepared green beans into the boiling water. Return the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 minute. Drain the beans. Prepare the rest of the ingredients while the water comes to a boil and the green beans cook. Place the garbanzo beans, red pepper, Parmesan cheese and salad dressing in a bowl. Add the cooked and drained green beans to the bowl, and toss to mix. Serve either warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: If you know you or your picky eater likes a certain healthy food, try adding it to vegetables that you've been wanting to enjoy ... you never know the results!

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