greenbeans, green beans

Green Beans

(fresh or frozen – neither is delicious)

Green beans are a no-nonsense veggie. They are little, green and unpleasant to eat (as are many vegetables). Fresh green beans are more expensive and require some prep. Neither the cost nor the effort make them taste any better, so I opt for the frozen ones. Even though fresh is probably healthier – but, hey, I’m not trying to be on the cover of Organic Lifestyle Magazine (even though their soduku puzzles are awesome). Whenever I go to the freezer aisle, I see the green beans a few steps from the ice cream. In my humble opinion, ice cream tastes much better than green beans. But green beans have magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, choline, vitamin A, niacin, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin B6 – without (sadly) a lot of fat and sugar. So, instead of a side of ice cream with dinner, I more often opt for a serving or two of green beans in spite of myself.

Pros: They make Green Bean Casserole possible – mixed with canned soup and those crispy, fried onions. Cons: Green Bean Casserole, the only way green beans are palatable, would be about 100% more tasty without the green beans.

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