The other day my friend Zak and I were talking about his desire to learn more quick and simple recipes for everyday meals. I hadn’t ever given this problem much thought because, coming from a very food oriented family, I learned tons of easy recipes by helping out in the kitchen before dinner. Now that I think about it though, the things I ate growing up really are the things I default to cooking when I’m feeling lazy and not up to looking up a new recipe. Sadly, I haven’t given many of these foods the credit they deserve on my blog. And really it is a shame because I don’t cook extravagant meals every night, nor do I run to restaurants or fast food joints – most of the time I can be found rummaging through my refrigerator until I find some staple ingredients and make something I would’ve eaten at supper with my family. So here’s to the simple recipes I know and love (and that hopefully you’ll love too!)
Simple Buttered Green Beans
1 Pound Fresh Green Beans
½ Tablespoon Butter
½ Packet Goya Salad & Vegetable Seasoning
Start by cleaning and cutting the ends off the green beans. Once prepped add the green beans to a shallow pan with a lid, I used a sauté pan, and make sure to have them distributed evenly across the pan.
Add enough water to just cover the green beans, cover with a lid, and set them on medium high heat. Honestly, I’m not sure what to call the cooking method we’re about to embark on next. I suppose it’s a combination of blanching and steaming so… blaming? At any rate, keep the green beans on medium high heat until the water begins to boil.
Once the water is boiling pierce one of the green beans using a fork. It should be crisp, but easy to stick your fork into. If the green beans are undercooked, re-cover them and continue to cook on medium heat. After five more minutes of cooking check back and they should be good to go.
Drain the water from the pan. Add your green beans back to the pan as well as the butter to melt. Once the butter has melted add in the Goya seasoning and toss everything together until well combined.
And there you have it, simple green beans for days when you want to make a meal fast.