OKAY so, I love veggies all year round, but there’s something about fall that makes me want ALL THE VEGGIES EVEN MORE!
As you guys know, veggies aren’t something I fall short with when it comes to experience – I roast ’em, sauté ’em, grill ’em, mash ’em, purée ’em, soup ’em, AND even crunch ’em raw! So LORD KNOWS, I know what to do with a veggie! BUT, one veggie that I haven’t experienced with much in my kitch is GREEN BEANS! (Been there. Done that. With the asparagus, but… combining the green beans & asparagus with loads of deliciousness, that’s somewhere I’ve never been before & by somewhere, I mean heaven, UNTIL NOW).
SOOOOO GET READY FOR ‘DIS! It’s honestly really simple, so I’m not sure why I’m hyping it up so much. OH WAIT… YES I’M SURE. I’m hyping it up like ‘dis because simple doesn’t always mean lazy or NOT DELICIOUS. Simple can be just as delish (if not more) than something that takes hours to prepare! Don’t believe me? YOU’LL SEE. ALSO, these are not just green beans & asparagus… THEY ARE GREEN BEANS & ASPARAGUS WITH CRUSHED TOASTED WALNUTS.
And wait for it, what makes the mix even more delish is the fact that the walnuts release their oils to add a toasty delicious flavour, with a dose of healthy fats! So, you actually don’t need much oil to sauté these babies ’cause the walnuts will do all the work for you! Not bad, right?
OK, now since green beans are NEWISH TO ME, y’all know what that means, right? IT MEANS WE TAKE IT SLOW… AND WE DON’T GET TO THE RECIPE JUST YET… IT MEANS, WE’VE GOTTA DISCUSS THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THESE STRINGY BABIES. So let’s do it.
- Super high in fibre & great for digestion!
- Good source of protein!
- Filled with vitamins A, C, K, B6 & folic acid!
- Also an amazing source of calcium, iron, manganese, potassium & copper!
- Due to their vitamin C content, they may help boost immune system!
- They can also help control blood sugar levels & are beneficial for people with diabetes!
- They’re heart healthy!
- They also contain some omega-3s!
- They’re anti-inflammatory & alkalizing, which means they’ll help balance your body’s pH levels!
- They’re packed with antioxidants & anti-aging benefits!
OKAY, is that enough to convince you to make these babies?
If it isn’t… ASPARAGUS is freaking good for you too! It’s packed with tons of vitamins & minerals, like vitamins A, C, E, K & B6, as well as folate, iron, copper calcium, protein & fibre!
OKAY, NOW LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT!!!
OHHHH BUT WAIT – WHAT ABOUT WALNUTS?
Walnuts are an amazing source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids in the form of alpha-lionelic acid! They may also help reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, relieve IBS & soothe arthritis!
They’re rich in antioxidants & are a great source of manganese & copper!
They are also an amazing source of biotin & the highly potent phytonutrient quinone juglone fund in walnuts may help fight certain types of cancer, as well as precancerous cells, while leaving healthy tissue intact!
P.S. EAT THE SKIN!!! Over 90% of the nutrients are found in it!
My loves, YOU WILL NEED:
- Coconut oil cooking spray;
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, MINCED;
- 1 bunch of asparagus, ENDS CHOPPED;
- About 1 pound of green beans;
- 1/4 cup organic balsamic vinegar;
- The juice of 1 organic lemon;
- 1/2 tsp. of black pepper;
- 2 tsp. of ground cumin;
- 2 tsp. of dried parsley flakes (or other dried herbs, according to preference, such as: oregano, basil, thyme etc.);
- 1 tsp. of smoked paprika;
- Sea salt for seasoning;
- 2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast;
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of walnuts, CHOPPED;
- OPTIONAL: Sriracha or red pepper chilli flakes for some spice!
NOW, FOR THAT HOW-TO?
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat & spray with the coconut oil cooking spray!
- Once the oil is heated, add in the minced garlic & sauté for anywhere between 3 & 5 minutes, until browned & fragrant!
- NOW, add in the veggies & toss them with the garlic! Once tossed, season with the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice & spices (& Sriracha if adding);
- Toss to coat all the veggies in your sauce/spice mix until evenly coated! Stir continuously for about 7-9 minutes until your veggies begin to get cooked through, but still look crunchy! (Don’t let them overcook – The goal is for them to cook and absorb the flavours of the sauces & spices, but not to become wilted!).
- Once the veggies are cooked & all the spices & sauces have been absorbed, lower your heat to medium & throw in your walnuts! Toss them with the veggies & stir for about 2-3 minutes, to give the walnuts time to release some of their healthy oils & to become a little toasted! (BE CAREFUL – DON’T BURN THEM!);
- Once ready, remove the skillet from the heat & serve immediately & DEVOUR!
- If you’ve got any leftovers, let cool entirely before refrigerating in an airtight container.