Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Balsamic Glazed Green Beans

So, it's 7 o'clock, dinner is almost ready, but you're still missing that vegetable dish. What do you do!? Do not fret my pet, I have the answer for you!!! Green Beans!!! First of all, they're so healthy and so yummy. Every person should have a frozen bag of green beans on hand at all times (don't worry, just because they're frozen doesn't mean they're any less nutricious. Freezing fruits and vegetables just means that they're picked and when they're at their peak, they're frozen to preserve the perfect flavor). Secondly, I have had much success with kids loving this dish. Usually when I make the dish, it is simple and consists of french green beans and caramelized mushrooms and onions. They're delicious. But, as of late, I have added a little secret ingredient to make them that much better: Balsamic Glaze (Whole Foods has it). It a thick, sweet, balsamic vinegar reduction that goes PERFECTLY over green beans. Well, I guess it's not so secret anymore.

This is what you'll need:
1 package of frozen French green beans (they're skinnier than regular)
2 minced cloves of garlic
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 lb. sliced mushrooms (I use crimini)
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. balsamic glaze (a little goes a VERY long way)

1. Place your green beans in a microwave safe container with about 2 tbs. water and cook on high for about 2 minutes (oh ya, we're going lazy on this one!!!)
2. Heat a medium skillet with the olive oil and sauté the onions on LOW for about 30 minutes (caramelizing takes a while, but it's well worth it!)

3. Turn the heat up to medium and add the mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes on each side WITHOUT TOUCHING THEM (except for flipping them over). In the last minute, add the garlic.
4. Drain the green beans and add them to the pan of onions and mushrooms.

5. Cook together for about 1 minute then add the balsamic glaze.
6. Remove from the pan and serve!

enjoy :)

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