Monday, May 24, 2010

What's for Dinner? Fresh picked Green Beans and Vegetarian Moussaka!

These green beans are the first of the year from our vegetable garden. If you've ever tasted green beans picked and immediately snapped and cooked, you'll know what I mean when I say they are like no others. They actually remind me of fresh asparagus (which we enjoyed earlier in the season.) Here are a few photos of them just crisply snapped.

I used oriental eggplant from last summer's harvest that I had frozen to make this vegetarian moussaka. Instead of meat I used Morningstar Farms crumbles, mixed with eggplant, onions, wine, spices, etc. We love the creamy white layer that tops off this dish. A little salt and whipped butter and these green beans were to die for. The moussaka was perfectly spiced and so tasty. Growing and cooking with our own vegetables is a little more work, but oh so worth it!

5 comments:

niftyknits said...

I'm not a fan of green beans - but they reminded me of a very old kitchen appliance my grandmother had which I loved using when I was tiny. you threaded the beans in, turned a handle and out they came chopped into diagonal slices, very neat!

Jaci said...

My grandparents had one of those too, Nifty - we called it a bean snipper.
Lynn, I have to wipe up my desk - those shots and description made me drool :D,,,

Sandie said...

Looks absolutely delicious, Lynn! We grow a few veggies - squash and tomatoes. We don't have the room for all the other veggies with our new house (less garden space). I'm missing the green beans, especially seeing yours!

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

Oh how wonderful to see fresh green beans. We just planted garden this past weekend. Ah, a hint of our future, I see here. Thanks.

Pamela Zimmerman said...

so delicious! I'm coming over...