Guest Blogger Lisa Durbin's Fabulous Beans - Sweet Potato Chronicles - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Guest Blogger Lisa Durbin's Fabulous Beans

I met Lisa at York Uni­ver­sity, where, I'm sorry to tell you we both had asym­met­ric hair cuts. At least, that's how I remem­ber it. There was a lot of Kate Bush being played on cas­sette in teeny dorm rooms. You get the pic­ture. Through the won­ders of Face­book, Lisa and I have re-connected. She's the most hilar­i­ous updater on my friend list and I love read­ing about her life in the UK with her lovely hus­band Paul and gor­geous kids, Jack, Mia and Isla. When I asked Lisa to con­tribute I thought for sure she'd do some bak­ing as she seems to be always whip­ping up some pretty look­ing gateau. Instead she sent me this excel­lent veg­etable dish. I've made it twice this week already and both times it was a big hit.

So, here's Lisa.… Well, actu­ally, that's three year old Mia look­ing very proud of her beans. Lisa takes it after the pic.

I've been grow­ing veg­eta­bles in our back­yard for a cou­ple of years now — some years I've planted more than oth­ers (depend­ing on whether or not I'm heav­ily preg­nant at the time!) and I've made a point of get­ting the kids involved. They help me plant the seeds, water the plants, pick weeds, and har­vest the veg­eta­bles. It's helped them to not only rec­og­nize dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles and learn about how things grow, but I'm sure it encour­ages them to give veg­gies a taste.

Fab­u­lous Beans

Hand­ful of French beans, trimmed
2 zuc­chini, sliced about 1 cm thick
1 clove gar­lic, crushed
Hand­ful cherry toma­toes or 2 reg­u­lar toma­toes chopped
Extra vir­gin olive oil
Fresh basil


Add a glug of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the gar­lic and stir for a minute, then add the zuc­chini and beans. Fry for a minute or two and then add the toma­toes and stir. Reduce heat to low and sim­mer for five min­utes or until beans are ten­der. Just before serv­ing, tear basil and stir into vegetables.

I made this as a side for grilled chicken breasts, but you could stir into pasta like penne or riga­toni and grate parme­san on top to make it into a meal.


One Comment

  1. Natalee Caple says:

    I think I'll try this tonight. Veg­gie ideas are precious.

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