Food for Thought Blog
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.
- 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.
Citrus fruit, red, orange or dark green vegetables.
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5 minute green beans
Chicken, potato & green bean curry: