dkMommy Beans Recipe

I rarely follow a recipe when I cook.  I don’t know why, maybe it’s to keep me on my toes.  If I’m making something for the first time, I follow the instructions closely; but when it’s my own thing, I throw stuff in a pot until something edible comes out.  That’s actually where a lot of the recipes come from that I share here!  As is the following recipe for this wax bean dish.  You can use green beans too; I’ve made it both ways, and we enjoy either one, but wax seems to hold a better balance with the zucchini.

After making this several times, I wrote it down and made sure all the measurements were just right so I could share it with you.  

dkMommy Beans

1 1/2 lbs. fresh wax beans (ends snipped, beans halved – okay, make the kids do this part.  They’ll love you .  Really.)

8 oz. fresh mushrooms chopped

3 zucchini, quartered and chopped

2 summer squash, quartered and chopped

1 large onion diced

4 – 5 large sliced garlic cloves

3 large tomatoes, peeled & chopped

salt & pepper to taste

basil & oregano to taste

2 – 3 Tbs. olive oil for pan

Boil beans with 1/4 c. olive oil.  Sauté other vegetables (except tomatoes) and spices in 2 – 3 Tbs. olive oil until soft.  When beans are softened, add sautéed vegetables and tomatoes to beans and cook another 5 – 10 minutes.  Serve with polenta.  

For a real ethnic flair, do the polenta Romanian style (called mamaliga) and serve it with a little feta cheese and sour cream. (We use mediterranean style yogurt.) Glop some feta and sour cream or yogurt onto the mamaliga and mash it up on your plate.  Perfect complement to this dish!  

Note:  I do not take good wax bean photos.  Okay, I do not take good photos.  If you happen to have a nice picture of wax beans hanging around that you’ve been wondering what to do with, feel free to send it to me at themommyspot(at)gmail(dot)com so I can post it here.  In the meantime I ask the readership of this blog to please just envision the beauty of this recipe.  Thank you.

3 thoughts on “dkMommy Beans Recipe

  1. Diane,
    Did you know you can use flickr photos on your blog when you don’t have your own? You need to do an advanced search and select “creative commons license”, as those are the ones people have posted where they allow people to use the photos, but there are many wonderful people who allow gorgeous photos to be used with the correct attribution!

    Here are some beautiful photos I found that have wax beans in them: http://flickr.com/search/?q=wax+beans&l=cc&ss=0&ct=0&w=all

    Feel free to pm me if you need help getting the attribution correct on your site, but it’s super easy. 😀

    Barbs last blog post..10 Days Old

  2. Thanks, Barb! I didn’t know that. There are a few free image sites I go to all the time, but they don’t always have what I’m looking for. Flickr must be endless! I’ll see if I can figure out the attribution – you may hear from me soon! And thanks again… :)

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