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Green Beans Gremolata

Green Beans Gremolata

by Pam on October 13, 2013

This is another recipe I found in the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. I served these tasty green beans with the Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs[1] and the Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts[2]. They tasted fresh and delicious. I loved the flavor of the garlicky gremolata and pine nuts with the tender green beans. We all enjoyed this side dish – even my kids.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.

To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Green Beans Gremolata




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.



Ingredients:

1/4 lb green beans or haricot verts
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tsp olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.

To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Barefoot Contessa – Foolproof

References

  1. ^ Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

by Pam on October 9, 2013

I am love checking out cookbooks from the library because I really enjoy reading cookbooks and getting inspiration from them.  I recently brought home Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof and I loved it! I have so many recipes bookmarked to make. I started with this spinach recipe that looked super simple and really flavorful… I was right. I liked the combination of the onions and spinach with the lemon, pine nuts, and the salty feta. My husband and I LOVED this spinach while my daughter thought it was pretty good. My son, on the other hand, wasn’t very impressed and grumbled a bit while eating it. Can’t win them all.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is tender and golden brown. Meanwhile, zest the lemon and set aside. Squeeze 1 tablespoons of lemon juice into the pan then add the spinach in big handfuls, tossing constantly with tongs for a minute or so until all the leaves are just wilted.

Remove from the heat; Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and toss to coat evenly. Add the pine nuts, feta, and lemon zest. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts




Yield: 4

Cook Time: 15 min.



Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 small lemon (zest and 1 tbsp juice – more juice if desired)
1 (6 oz) bag baby spinach
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1-2 tbsp feta cheese

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is tender and golden brown. Meanwhile, zest the lemon and set aside. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into the pan then add the spinach in big handfuls, tossing constantly with tongs for a minute or so until all the leaves are just wilted.

Remove from the heat; Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and toss to coat evenly. Add the pine nuts, feta, and lemon zest. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Ina Garten – Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

by Pam on April 3, 2013

I found this Cooking Light recipe on My Recipes [1]and new it would pair perfectly with the chicken dish I was making for dinner. I was super excited to see that I also had every ingredient I needed on hand – you can’t that! I wondered how my family would feel about this side dish because I haven’t made quinoa much in the past. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they all loved it! The roasted garlic gave the quinoa a really delicious flavor and I loved the color, texture, and flavor the tomatoes, spinach, and pine nuts added. The salty Parmesan topped it off perfectly and we gobbled it all up. This was a easy, healthy, and delicious side dish that would pair nicely with many main entrees.

Prepare the roasted garlic[2]. Click the link[3] for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, and tomato. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

 



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Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15-17 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

1 bulb of roasted garlic (see recipe & link above)
2 tsp olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup of baby spinach
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Shaved Parmesan, to taste

Directions:

Prepare the roasted garlic. Click the link up above for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, tomato, and toasted pine nuts. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light – My Recipes

References

  1. ^ My Recipes (www.myrecipes.com)
  2. ^ roasted garlic (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ link (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)