How do you get your kids (or husband as the case may be) to eat their greens? Smother them in butter of course! Before you start yelling: "Heart Attack!" Hear me out. Butter is not the enemy that the world out there would have you believe. Now were you to make this with margarine or fake spray butter or any other substitute, then yes, that would be bad. Very, very bad.
I love this quote I read today from Natural Society:
For decades, people ate butter with nearly every meal, smeared on bread with fresh (homemade) jam or slathered over (non-GMO) corn. But in the 1920s when margarine made its debut, things changed for the creamy topper. We were quite literally sold on the benefits of this man-made chemical storm competitor, and only later would we figure out that it contained something called trans fats—far more dangerous than the saturated fats it chased us away from.
Do we have less heart attacks today because commercials and most nutritionist steered us towards margarine and away from butter? I think not! What is the number one cause of death in this country again? Oh yea, Heart Disease. What was it in 1900? Influenza and Pneumonia. What has changed since then? The creation of factory made foods! I will say it again and again. If God wanted us to eat low fat dairy, it would come out of the cow that way!
Green beans contain vitamin A and K. Cool! But both vitamins are fat soluble. Just try and absorb them if you steam your beans and omit the vital fat needed to process them. They also contain calcium and potassium, and Vitamin C. (Note: Apples also contain A and K. How about eating with a bit of my other favorite butter: Peanut Butter.)
Rant over...Now on to the recipe! Whenever I cook up these beans, there are never any left. In fact, the kids fight over who gets the last serving. They would never do this with a plain old bean.
Garlic Butter Green Beans:
1 lb fresh or frozen green beans (or two cans if that is how you roll).
2 T butter
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 t salt (or to taste)
Wash beans, then cut in half. Add to a pot with a small amount of water and let steam until you reach your desired tenderness. Drain.
In a large fry pan, melt the butter and add the garlic. Cook one minute on medium heat. Then toss in the beans. Sprinkle on the salt. Let cook until heated through. One or two minutes. Serve immediately.
Variation: Add mushrooms and (cooked) bacon to the butter and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are tender and add the green beans.
Do not fear the butter my friends! Don't go off and eat a stick a day or anything. But do your research and then do what feels right and tastes great to you.
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