In our house, we eat a lot of vegetables. It was a battle at times, especially at the 3 to 5 year old stage, but to not eat entire food groups has never been a option we have given our kids. We have always provided them with choices, and allowed them to like and not like certain foods, but we have always had the expectation that eating your dinner is just something everyone is expected to do. (How many of us grew up with the rule that you didn’t get up from the dinner table until your whole plate was finished… we turned out ok, right?) Another good strategy is to wait until they are hungry, then give them a bowl of vegetables first. Save the meat and other foods for after they have finished their vegetables, it’s amazing how they will eat when they are hungry. Sometimes, we even used to bring them a bowl of veggies to eat before dinner when they were watching tv. They were so in the “TV zone”, they would often just eat, and forget to even complain! Sorry, see what happens when I get started talking about food issues and parenting?? Anyways, now, that they are 9 and 10 years old, it’s not really an issue anymore, but we still have our favourite foods, but I also like to change it up a little once in a while.
Our usual way of serving green beans is to steam them in about an inch of water, then toss with a bit of oyster sauce. But, today I thought I would try something new!
I cooked the beans the same way as usual. I cut off all of the ends, washed the beans then cooked them for about 10 minutes in a pot with about an inch of water.
I added about a tablespoon of lemon juice, a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. A few tablespoons of feta cheese, and sprinkled a generous amount of greek seasoning on top. Tossed it all together and voila… green beans, greek style!
They were delicious! I think they would even be really good cold, as a side salad. I can’t wait until we can use beans from the garden too. Did I already mention that this year, I planted all of my vegetables in pots beside the pool deck? If it works well, next year I might build planter boxes.