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Green Beans prepared MY WAY – I could have this everyday!!!

Posted on December 11, 2009 by in vegetarian

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Green Beans

Growing Green Beans is the easiest thing to do!!!Remember your early childhood days when leaving a bean under some wet cotton wool so that you could witness the germinating process. I was always so fascinated as a child!!
These days I am amazed at how fast the green beans grow in my garden…literally from planting to harvesting is but a few weeks. If you want your children to become involved in your garden, let them plant some beans……they get totally hooked !!!

I have found my favorite way of eating fresh beans, I think!!! ( one can never close the door on new possibilities, can you??) I would be more than happy to have these green beans as a main meal a couple of nights in a row.. If you insist on having another protein, this recipe will go well with grilled tuna, steak chicken……

Green Beans

Green Beans with toasted sesame seeds, Parmesan and onions..


Fresh green beans – top ends removed
toasted sesame seeds 
grated Parmesan
black pepper/salt
lemon infused olive oil

Get a pot of water boiling and add the beans. Blanche for about 3-5 minutes. Your beans must be cooked but still remain crispy. Remove beans from the pot and plunge in ice-water to stop the cooking process. When cooled down, place the beans in a bowl and add a good amount of cheese, pepper, salt and olive oil and toss well. Arrange the beans on a serving plate, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and more cheese and top with the deep-fried onion rings. I dare you to try this……. a quick vegetarian meal for the busy season!!!

Other Green Bean dishes

Green Bean Stew

Pan-Fried hake with Spicy Satay and Green Bean salad

Pan-fried Hake with Warm Bean and Fennel Salad

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37 Responses to “Green Beans prepared MY WAY – I could have this everyday!!!”

  1. MeetaK 11 December 2009 at 10:06 am #

    i love green beans – and what i love here is that you've added sesame seeds – so simple but such an impact on flavor. love it!

  2. Bellini Valli 11 December 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    It is easy to see how this could be a favourite Nina. I envy your fresh garden beans when it is as cold as the dickens here.

  3. My Carolina Kitchen 11 December 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Beautiful Nina. These could become my favorite too. We love green beans and have them frequently. I'll give your recipe a try for sure.
    P.S. Green beans are awful when they are overcooked. I can understand why someone would not like them if that's the only way they've eaten them.

  4. Peanutts 11 December 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Hello, 🙂 Those beans look lovely , i would have that as a main course if I were you 🙂

  5. That Girl 11 December 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    There is nothing that compares with the sweetness of fresh green beans

  6. myfrenchkitchen 11 December 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    Me too…I could have this everyday..can't get a healthier and more appetizing colour!

  7. ♥peachkins♥ 12 December 2009 at 3:42 am #

    I have to try this. I could eat green beans, everyday too!

  8. Elra 12 December 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Oh, that really look scrumptious!

  9. Junglefrog 12 December 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    I love green beans too but I always feel they need a little extra to be their best and you just provided that 'extra'. Great!

  10. mycookinghut 13 December 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Love green beans!! This looks really simple but yummy!!

  11. elly 14 December 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Look at those crispy onions, yum! We eat a lot of green beans in this household and this look like a great recipe to add to the bunch!

  12. Pam 14 December 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    I love this dish – anything is better with crispy onions on top.

    Happy b-day to your little one – it looks like she had a FANTASTIC b-day.

  13. Ben 15 December 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Even though I am not a big fan of green beans, I wouldn't say no to this. I really like your way to prepare them 🙂

  14. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 16 December 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    These look so good, Nina! I love the fried onion on top!

  15. zenchef 17 December 2009 at 5:06 am #

    I want green beans prepared your way, Nina! Love, love, love the deep fried onion rings. Can i have an extra serving of that too? 🙂

  16. Jan 19 December 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Mmmm yum! Love the parmesan and the fried onions you've added.

  17. pierre 20 December 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    mee too i could have the same
    merry xmas to you from Paris

  18. My Carolina Kitchen 24 December 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Happy holidays Nina to you and your family.

  19. Lori Lynn 27 December 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    They look so fresh and vibrant.

    Wishing you the happiest of holidays Nina!

  20. Cynthia 27 December 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    I've said it before and I will say it again, you can make me eat many of the things I do not like. Case in point – green beans!

  21. ezeecook 28 December 2009 at 4:07 pm #


  22. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 28 December 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Just wanted to wish you Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  23. My Carolina Kitchen 1 January 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Happy new year Nina. I hope the new year brings you much happiness and good health. It's been fun getting to know you this year.

  24. pierre 3 January 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    I wish you a happy new year 2010 for you and your family
    Pierre from Paris france

  25. Juno 4 January 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I love the crunchy topping of fried onions… looks delicious!

  26. tobias cooks! 4 January 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I could also have them (almost) every day!

  27. Chef Jeena 4 January 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Such a healthy and delicious dish. Happy New Year!

  28. Elra 5 January 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Happy New Year Nina!

  29. Juliana 5 January 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Happy New Year Nina…your green beans look very yummie…crunchy…I made a commitment to myself that this year I'll cook more veggies…thanks for your recipe 🙂

  30. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 6 January 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Happy New Year, Nina!

  31. glamah16 8 January 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Love lemon infused olive oil and thats a great use for sesame seeds.

  32. The Food Hunter 8 January 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    I love green beans and adding toasted sesame seeds sounds awesome.

  33. Kevin 10 January 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Nice way to enjoy some fresh green beans. They are even better when you grew them yourself!

  34. Jeanne 12 January 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Green beans are my standby vegetables – we almost always have some in the fridge and there are so many ways to have them. Yours look sublime!

  35. s 21 January 2010 at 7:10 am #

    Green Beans sound delish!!! and so easy to put together..

  36. SMcCormick 27 February 2010 at 1:39 am #

    I love Green Beans but I cannot always get my family to share my enthusiasm. However, with this recipe everybody seemed to enjoy them. One of my kids even asked for seconds (unheard of)! The Green Beans remained crunchy and the deep-fried onions just added to the flavor. One of my favorite entrees is Salmon Ballotin with Fennel (found on and these green beans are a perfect accompaniment. After marinating is complete the Salmon Ballotin takes less than an hour to prepare and it is so tasty (and yes, healthy). You can find this recipe and video at:

  37. Liza Botha 24 January 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    YUM! Thank you Nina! Apart from inspiring a great meal, you got us sprouting beans to plant! I feel 6 years old again : )

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