Food for Thought Blog

Green Beans

August 21st, 2019Food

Green beans are easily available in Ontario fresh, canned or frozen. They have a crisp, fresh taste and are a good source of vitamins A, C, K and fibre.

HOW TO CHOOSE

  • Look for plump, firm beans.
  • Should snap when bent in half.
  • Vibrant green colour with few brown spots.

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Wash and eat them raw.
  • Add to your next stir fry, curry, soup or casserole.
  • Sautee in a pan with oil, salt & pepper until tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Steam in the microwave: put a splash of water in the bottom of a bowl, add
    beans, cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes.

HOW TO STORE

  • Wrap beans in a paper towel to absord excess moisture.
  • Store in the crisper drawer in your fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE

  • Cook beans in boiling water for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once cooked run beans under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Next, tightly pack beans into a Ziploc bag or plastic container and freeze.

Nutrient spotlight: vitamin c

It’s important to eat foods with vitamin C every day. Our bodies can’t make vitamin C, so the only way we can get this important nutrient is through our diet.

Vitamin C:

  • Helps grow and repair bones, teeth and skin.
  • Plays an important role in wound healing.
  • Is an antioxidant.
  • Helps the body absorb iron and store iron better.

Sources:
Citrus fruit, red, orange or dark green vegetables.

Recipes

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5 minute green beans

 

Chicken, potato & green bean curry: