Thursday, November 25, 2010
A Very Vegan Thanksgiving Part 5: Simple Steamed Green Beans
Let's start this one with an apology . . . I'm sorry to all you lovers of "green bean casserole" out there, but that's REALLY not my thing. I can't think of a single green vegetable that I don't prefer lightly steamed or sauteed, dressed simply with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Besides, isn't there enough heavy, complicated food at Thanksgiving dinner already?
I read in a Moosewood cookbook somewhere the suggestion to salt veggies before steaming them, and weirdly, this works SO well! I don't exactly know why, but from now on, I'll add my pinch of salt to the veggies IN the steaming pot, instead of after they come out! I loved the fresh, crispy, GREEN-ness of these veggies -- a beautiful, healthy addition to our dinner! (I washed and prepped the beans the day before, and also toasted the almonds, so this was another dish I barely had to do anything to the day of!)
Do you like green bean casserole? Or do you prefer cooked greens of another sort? Or brussels sprouts? Do tell!