OVEN ROASTED GREEN BEANS

March 26, 2018

Are green beans the best vegetable ever? All I know is, for well prepared ones with a generous dashing of salt, I start asking myself if I like them better than french fries.

Here’s a simple way to prepare these versatile legumes with some classic flavor.

Oven Roasted Green Beans
Serves four

1 pound green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On a lined baking sheet, toss green beans with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Arrange green beans in a single layer.

Roast for 15 minutes. Top with grated parmesan.

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OVEN ROASTED GREEN BEANS
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a lined baking sheet, toss green beans with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Arrange green beans in a single layer.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes. Top with grated parmesan.

 

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH & KALE SALAD

March 22, 2018

If you have not already, you should get to know spaghetti squash because it is extremely cool. And you will undoubtedly have a “…whoa…” moment in the course of making it. Specifically when you have roasted it and all the spaghetti appears.

And the spaghetti squash makes a good partner for kale in a salad.

Also add some shredded chicken for a full dinner. Or just as is for like a really good lunch thing.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH & KALE SALADSpaghetti Squash & Kale Salad
Serves three to four

1 spaghetti squash
1 teaspoon olive oil
A dash of salt
A dash of pepper
1 bunch kale, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
15 ounces chickpeas
Shaved parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice squash in half and drizzle insides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place downward on a lined baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes.

Heat additional olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add kale and garlic and sauce for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Stir in chickpeas and cook an additional 1 minute.

Remove spaghetti squash from shell, discarding pit and seeds. Toss kale and chickpeas with spaghetti squash. Top with parmesan.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH & KALE SALAD

SPAGHETTI SQUASH & KALE SALAD
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • A dash of salt
  • A dash of pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ounces chickpeas
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice squash in half and drizzle insides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place downward on a lined baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes.
  2. Heat additional olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add kale and garlic and sauce for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Stir in chickpeas and cook an additional 1 minute.
  3. Remove spaghetti squash from shell, discarding pit and seeds. Toss kale and chickpeas with spaghetti squash. Top with parmesan.

Adapted from My New Roots.

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ARE YOU OVER OPEN CONCEPT?

March 19, 2018

When we were house hunting, one of the items on my wishlist was not open concept (!). I know that is crazy because most people love them. Just for my own home and the more traditional style I am drawn to, I like distinct rooms! To me they feel cozy and more able to have the collected style of decor I am working toward.

Our house had no elements of open concept and I didn’t have any intention to change it. But as people often say, living in a house over time brings clarity to what you really want that maybe isn’t realized at first pass.

The more thought I put into it, the more I did desire an open concept between our kitchen and living room.

This was our first project we hired a contractor for. It was so fun and kind of weird to feel we were making progress on something but without having to spend every free moment grinding it out like diy-ers.

First we removed a pocket door and widened the doorway between the kitchen and living room to be about three times bigger.

One of my challenges in our house is wishing it was brighter and this has helped. Light from both rooms can bounce around and just being able to see the kitchen windows from the living room and more views of outside makes daily life more pleasant.

Also ENTERTAINING. This is way better for parties.

Then the other change we made to walls at the same time was ripping out two closets in the mudroom. We stored some things in them, but very inefficiently because we didn’t need that much storage here. Our contractor ripped those out and repaired the drywall.

In the corner I will put hooks, shoe storage, maybe a bench. As always, the room felt so big after removing those choppy elements.

Where the big closet with bi-fold doors use to be, I plan to install some floor to ceiling cabinets for small appliances, cleaning supplies, and a little bit of pantry. But even all that can be housed in cabinets with a much slimmer profile than the previous closet. Now that we have made all of our changes that effect footprint, we can do the flooring, replacing the pergo floors with real hardwoods that match the rest of the house.

One thing I have to mention is that I feel like there are kind of two different realms of “open concept.” One is an open space between something like the living, kitchen, and dining room, but there is still some architectural definition of spaces. I often see versions of this I like. This is what this part of our house is now. It has very wide doorways, but still clear divisions.

The other is straight up the whole first floor is more or less one room with no doorway definition or wall jut outs. It’s less frequent I see one of these I would like having, but lots of people love that look.

Sometimes I wonder if open concept will become really out of style. I think that any time a trend burns so bright, it will be very associated with a certain time period. Also known as, dated.

I saw a tweet recently that was something like “Stainless steel appliances and granite counters? This all has to go. – House Hunters 2050.” I think that’s true! And I wonder if SOME implementations of open concept will feel that way. Or I don’t know. Maybe trends for floor plans are more exempt from that. Like how we’ve stopped building bathrooms next to kitchens.

Okay but I obviously just did part of this look to my house! So there are functional reasons to do it that I love and I think people will always find appealing. But the functionality of an open kitchen to living room is excellent. And now that we have widened this doorway, I can’t imagine it being small again. It just didn’t make sense!

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