Weekdays are so busy right now that it is hard to do any real cooking after work. These are the days when all of our weekend cooking projects pay off. Around 6 o'clock Tuesday evening we were staring at eachother and realizing neither of us had the heart or energy to really start cooking. However, we had lots of yummy leftover homemade mac n' cheese, and plenty of interesting farmers market veggies on hand. We decided to have mac n' cheese with salad and green beans. I threw together a simple salad of tomatoes, local farm-made feta, killer croutons, and mesclun greens while the husband snipped green beans and Baby J bounced in his bouncer. Then I made my signature hot-sweet green beans, which are a fave of the hub:
2 big handfuls green beans, ends snipped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 roasted red peppers, chopped
Generous squirts of honey and Sriricha to taste
Salt and Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cover the bottom of a frying pan with water and salt it generously. Bring the water to a boil, throw in the green beans and cover to blanch -- this only takes a few minutes -- you want the beans to maintain their crunch. Dump the beans into a colander, return the pan to the heat, and cover the bottom with EVOO. Give the oil a minute to heat, and crush the garlic into it, letting it fry for about a minute before tossing in the beans. Add the roasted red peppers and continue tossing, then add the Sriricha and honey, salt and pepper to taste. Continue to saute until the beans reach your desired doneness -- we tend to like ours crispy, so we kill the heat almost immediately and serve -- but these would also be delicious a tad more wilted and soft, if that is your bag.
A couple notes about ingredients:
2) If you haven't tried Sriricha, you should. This amazing Thai, all-purpose hot sauce has a subtly garlicky heat and works wonders in all kinds of dishes from deviled eggs to stir fry. Sriricha has a cult-following, and when you try it, you'll see why. If you like heat, just try it almost anywhere you'd use ketchup, and I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised.