warm potato and green bean salad

August 22, 2010

warm potato and green bean salad

 Just a sneak peak at what you’ll be experiencing in say, oh…. 5 minutes? (I don’t know your reading levels people.)

The 10 mile run yesterday was great! I ran it in about 1:30 flat, which is approximately a 9:00 min. mile pace. I’d say that’s relatively good for me! I’m getting excited for running the half, but a little disappointed I couldn’t corral anyone into running it with me. Any takers?

After I ran, I fueled up with a second breakfast… a banana scramble! I’m still trying to get the consistency right with these. I think I have to ask Ashley if they’re supposed to be mushy or if they’re supposed to set. We shall see.

banana scramble on millet bread

However it’s supposed to turn out, this was delicious. I topped the millet bread with organic strawberry jam from a local’ish farm.

I cleaned my little heart out yesterday after my run. Needless to say, I was quite famished again around 1:00 pm. I decided on a brown rice and veggie bowl topped with hummus. This never gets old and totally hits the spot every time.

brown rice & veggie bowl

Don’t be deceived… I had this x2. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of re-fueling after long runs/hard workouts. Do NOT fall into the trap of “taking” the extra calories burned as an excuse to not eat more. EAT!
After lunch, I went to the farmer’s market and to the grocery store to stock up for meals for this week. I made a few sound decisions on what we should have for dinner over the course of the week. I have a feeling that meal planning will end up saving me money in the long run as we will not be running to the store every day for this and that. I still am planning a Whole Foods trip either sometime today or tomorrow after school so that I can stock up on a few “neccessary” items – coconut butter, almond butter, almond cheese (I don’t remember who I saw this from… but THANK YOU!), chia seeds… just to name a few. I NEED them, right?
While I was out, I grabbed the prettiest yellow flowers to brighten up our kitchen!

my new picture back drop

gorgeous

Don’t hate me in 3 days when I continue to take all my pictures in front of those flowers.
When I got home I set out to make a dish to bring to my sister and brother-in-law’s house for dinner! We were grilling out (hamburgers for them, portabello mushrooms for me!), and I volunteered to bring something. I made something so simple and delicious it will make your heart sing. Let me introduce:
Warm Potato and Green Bean Salad (serves 6)
What you’ll need:
  • approximately 3 pound of baby red potatoes (10-12), quartered
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans (stems snapped off)
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic, and basil to taste

How it’s done:

1. Begin by washing your potatoes and green beans. I got mine from the farmer’s market, so they were still dirty.

this one was a little unique

2. Quarter (or cut into 8ths, depending on size) your potatoes and boil them in a large pot.

baby red potatoes

the spaghetti pot made for easy straining

3. Snap your stems off the green beans, and boiil them for approximately 3-4 minutes. You will still want them to “crunch”.

fresh green beans from the farmer's market

4. While your other veggies are cooking, chop 1/4 of a red/purple onion and put on the bottom of a large serving bowl.

onion at the bottom of the bowl

5. Strain your green beans while potatoes are still cooking, and add them to the bowl with the onions.

this might be the most boring colander in the world.

6. Once your potatoes have cooked through, strain those and dump them all into the bowl with the green beans and onions. (SIDENOTE: You do not want your potatoes to be mushy – you’ll still want them to hold together in the bowl. Do not cook them as long as you would for mashed potatoes)

7. Add your salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh basil to taste. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

warm potato and green bean salad

The simplicity in the ingredients honestly made the dish. Sometimes I feel people like to make “complicated” recipes.. but the fresh produce in this recipe is really the star of the show. Enjoy it. When we got to my sister’s house, I told her I made potato salad, she took the foil off the bowl and said, “oh my!” and proceeded to pick from the bowl. If I can get my niece and nephew’s approval, I’d say I’m doing pretty good as well.

We had a great time over there. I managed to polish off 2 portabello mushrooms the size of my head along with 2 servings of the potato salad. After dinner we watched our wedding video that we finally got! It was amazing. It was so cool to re-live that day over. I especially liked in the beginning when he showed pictures of us getting ready to music. LOVE IT! I can’t wait for our pictures to be done. I’m glad I snacked (unpictured) throughout the afternoon, but when we got home I was starving! I had a quick snack before bed – I’m surprised the husband doesn’t ever try to leave me when I’m hungry + tired. It’s a lethal combination!

I just enjoyed this lovely bowl of overnight oats…

the fresh peaches totally made this bowl

and now I’m off to make the husband his Sunday morning breakfast, followed by church and Sunday afternoon “dinner”! I’m making a good one, I’ll post the recipe later!

Question: Have you ever had a day you wanted to re-live over and over again? Tell me about it!

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