I know many of you are looking for ways to get your kids to eat more vegetables. While many strategies exist, some of which I outline here, you can’t deny the power of taste.
If you can make vegetables taste good, you’ve got a leg up on getting your kid to eat them.
I created this recipe for pan-fried, salt and pepper green beans while I was on vacation last summer. When the green beans were freshly picked and heaping high in the bin at the farm stand.
What can I say? The green beans were irresistible.
I think your kids will find these pan-fried green beans equally seductive.
Pan-Fried, Salt and Pepper Green Beans
You will need:
1# fresh green beans (or 1-2 packages of fresh, steam-in-the-bag beans which you can find in the produce section)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper
In a large skillet, arrange the rinsed and trimmed green beans. Add a ½ cup of water. Cover and steam on medium-high heat until beans are bright green and have softened, about 5 minutes. Drain the water and add the olive oil.
Toss the green beans so they are coated with oil. Continue to pan-fry them on medium-high heat, tossing and turning them with tongs, until the some of the beans start to brown and crisp up—this can take 5-10 minutes, depending on how “brown and crispy” you like them.
Turn off the heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
*Make it Fast Tip: You can skip the steaming step if you purchase steam-in-the-bag green beans. Just microwave them according to package directions and dump them in the skillet with olive oil and pan-fry.
How does your child like green beans?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: January 7, 2015
Updated on: May 11, 2019