It was inevitable. Of course the first recipe posted this year will be a healthy one. After scoffing down copious amounts of fatty foods and guzzling booze by the bucket even the most health-conscious individual must be feeling slightly guilty after all the debauchery. If I received a penny from every person who’s going on a diet in the New Year, I’d be a millionaire.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of diets is salads. Boring chopped lettuce with a few tomato wedges and sliced cucumber. (Older readers must have noticed by now I’m not a big fan of rabbit food.) The thought of eating some in this ice-cold, snowy weather makes my horrified, blue toes curl in frozen socks. No way, José. Here’s a salad of a different kind. Think warm, nourishing and infinitely satisfying.
- 90g (3 oz) green beans, trimmed
- 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 small red pepper (capsicum), cut into short strips
- 8 mushrooms, sliced
- 15ml (1 tbsp) balsamic vinegar
- 440g (14 oz) tin butterbeans (lima beans)
- Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 3 minutes and drain.
- Heat half the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and gently stir for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic, red pepper, green beans, mushrooms and vinegar, then cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Thoroughly rinse and drain the butterbeans. Add them to the pan with the remaining oil and stir until just warmed through. Serve.
- Personally I prefer to buy dried butter beans and soak them overnight. Rinse and boil them for 30 minutes or until just soft, not mushy. Follow recipe as above.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 170
- Sugar: 5.6 g
- Sodium: 55 mg
- Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
- Fiber: 4.3 g
- Protein: 2.7 g