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Food

September 4, 2013

Snappy Beans

TARBORO — Green beans are no longer a plain side dish for dinner. Here are some fun, kid-friendly recipes to try at home to help encourage your kids to eat a healthy serving of green beans.

"Florida green beans are great with a dip. Try them with hummus, ranch or any of your favorite dressings," suggested Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Power of Green

Green beans are a flavorful way to eat healthy all year around.

-They are a good source of dietary fiber.

-Green beans contain vitamin C and folic acid.

-They are also an important source of potassium and many micronutrients.

-One cup of cooked, fresh green beans has only 30 calories and no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

When choosing beans, look for plump, crisp beans that are reasonably well shaped. The beans should have even color with fresh blossom ends and snap readily when broken. Many people prefer smaller beans, which are usually more tender.

Green Bean Stir-Fry

Yield: 4 servings

1     tablespoon olive oil

3     cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed

2     cups sweet bell peppers, sliced

2     cups zucchini, sliced thin

1     cup carrot, sliced thin

2     tablespoons honey

1/4     cup low sodium soy sauce

1     tablespoon black and white sesame seeds

Preheat large sautÈ pan or wok over medium high heat. Add olive oil to preheated pan. Carefully add all vegetables to preheated pan. Cook vegetables for 4 to 7 minutes or until desired doneness. Add honey and soy sauce to pan and stir to combine. Serve stir-fry with rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

Chef's Tip: Add favorite vegetables in place of the ones listed in recipe.

Kids Can: Snap green beans and help measure honey and soy.

Green Bean Poufs

Yield: 4 servings

1/2     pound green beans, trimmed

1     can prepared crescent roll dough

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