Rosemary Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Never again will I ever- willingly ride the bus from Minneapolis to Milwaukee. Anxiety level = THROUGH THE ROOF. I’m already a stage 5 clinger back seat driver and the “oh shit handle” is my best friend. Me + smelly, crowded bus = a hot sweaty mess.I will however, continue to use public transportation for shorter distances because its just convenient and more sustainable!

Anyways- now that my treacherous trip is over I wanted to share my a delicious, healthy recipe with you! Since I’ve started going to the Farmer’s Market on a regular basis, I can finally afford to buy a variety of vegetables because the prices are so low. More types of veggies means a larger quantity of veggies. Now… I am a little bit of a produce police. (because I no long use the word hate) I dislike it when people waste good produce, whether it be an overly ripe banana or rotten spinach. Wasting food = no bueno.

With that being said, I need to make sure I’m not wasting any of my good food. Solution? Whip up a biggggg ol’ batch of Rosemary Balsamic Green Bean Salad.   

I’ve found that if I actually cook my veggies in bulk I 1) eat more veggies in general 2) don’t waste my veggies and 3) save a butt load of time.

Rosemary Balsamic Green Bean Salad
-1 lb. green beans
-1 sweet red onion, diced
-1 yellow pepper, diced
-handful of pine nuts
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-salt & pepper
-1/2T rosemary
-1/4C aged balsamic vinegar
-2T low sodium soy sauce

1. In a medium sized pot, boil your green beans for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet, sauté your pepper and onion in minced garlic and EVOO. Season with salt and pepper. Next, Add in your softened green beans and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add in your balsamic, soy sauce, and rosemary and let simmer.
3. Serve hot or COLD and top with pine nuts.

The aged balsamic gives it a sweet flavor mixed with a little bit of salty from the soy sauce. In my opinion, this salad is best cold. I’ve also been known to top it with 1 or 2T of hummus. YUM.

When I make this dish, I can usually get 4 servings out of it. That’s 4 meals I don’t have to cook! Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

Moving on to more DIY. Look what I made yesterday. A drying towel!

Sorry for the awkward lighting, I’m too lazy to retake photos!

This is actually a lot easier to make than it looks! All you need is a dish/bathroom towel in what ever size you like and fabric!

Measure-Cut-Sew. I sewed my fabric down to a plain white bathroom towel (because they were cheaper than dish towels) and bam. Because this towel had a lot of give, it was difficult to get it perfect. It almost seemed a little bit warped- but I give myself an A for effort!
Anyways, I have come to the conclusion that Fit Foodie Finds is turning into a sewing blog….Fit Foodie Frilly Finds? JUST KIDDING. Maybe I’ll have to start another DIY blog….hmmm.

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