Picnics! They come in so many versions. I mean you can have a picnic just about anywhere at anytime. If you’re doing a road trip, pack some eats, and find a cool place to pull off the road and have a picnic. If you’re taking a hike, stop in a shaded special spot with some tree stumps or rocks as your table or seats and have a picnic. If you’re off roading in the mountains in the backcountry during the summer, load up supplies and have a picnic at the summit next to the alpine lake (yes, we’ve done that and it’s glorious!!). Taking a walk in the park? Why not pack a backpack for a solo picnic! And, there’s nothing better to take on your picnic with whatever you’re eating than these picnic fresh italian green beans.
Now, I don’t like my vegetables cooked to death. I mean it’s really like ‘death’ if you cook them too long. They lose their color. Their texture can become mushy. And, they just lose some of their nutrients. Yes, like dying. Bad deal. According Livestrong, eating veggies in their natural raw state is best. But, we know we aren’t going to do that with green beans, so reducing the amount of time you cook and the way you cook them, and, in this case, we’re basically ‘steaming/sauteing’ them, does help preserve the healthiness for your sweet littl’ ol body!
Give this recipe a try. You’re gonna see that there’re so many ways to use the leftovers. My head spins with the possibilities! xoxo ~ally