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Wordless Wednesday | Green Beans

My green beans are not growing as well as previous years. I think it is due to the colder than usual weather that we have been having. Our temperatures have been dipping into the 50’s or lower overnight and for the month of May we barely hit 70 degrees for the highs. This is very unusual for Northern California. Green beans thrive on warm temperatures. Hopefully June will be warmer and they will take off.

Nutrition Information for Green Beans

One cup of raw green beans is full of vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin A 759 IU 15% RDA
Alpha Carotene 75.9 mcg
Beta Carotene 417 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 704 mcg
Vitamin C 17.9 mg 30% RDA
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.5mg 2% RDA
Vitamin K 15.8 mcg 20% RDA
Thiamin 0.1mg 6% RDA
Riboflavin 0.1mg 7% RDA
Niacin 0.8mg 4% RDA
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 4% RDA
Folate 40.7 mcg 10% RDA
Dietary Folate Equivalents 40.7 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.1mg 1% RDA
Choline 16.8mg

Ginger-Garlic Green Beans

1 lb. fresh green beans
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup low sodium chicken stock

Wash the beans, trim the ends, and cut into 2″ pieces. Arrange beans over vegetable steamer and place over boiling water. Cover and steam 5 minutes, until the green beans are tender crisp. Drain beans and set aside.
Heat vegetable oil over low heat. Add ginger and garlic and sauté 3 minutes ,or until tender. Add chicken stock, stir. Add beans, cook 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Serves 4.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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22 Comments

  1. Alicia June 2, 2010

    I would love to grow my own veggies!!

    And I didn't know you were in NorCal!!!!! You may be close to me!

  2. Still On The Verge June 2, 2010

    I hope they do well for you this year. Maybe they will pick up now that the weather is warmer.

    Lydia

  3. Sue June 2, 2010

    Hope your green beans start flourishing. They look good in that pic.

    I am only doing zuchinni – mine are practically dying.

    And I planted some tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes this past weekend.

  4. Kristie June 2, 2010

    Yum! I can't wait to have green beans here…not quite planted yet-hopefully this week if the rain stays away 🙂

  5. Whimsical Creations June 2, 2010

    Our family loves raw & cooked green beans.

  6. Cascia June 2, 2010

    Alicia, I'm in Sacramento. Although, I'm originally from Wisconsin. We moved here a couple of years ago. My husbands family is out here.

  7. sheila June 2, 2010

    I had SO many beans last year that I blanched and froze them. We're STILL eating them! lol

  8. The Jacobsen Family! June 2, 2010

    Our green beans all died last year and my husband didnt plant them this year. I was bummed.
    Hope yours do better!

  9. Brimful Curiosities June 2, 2010

    You'll have to move back to WI! It's been unseasonably warm here.

  10. Cascia June 2, 2010

    Yeah, my parents said that they have been having temperatures in the 90's. I sure miss home!

  11. Amy June 2, 2010

    those look amazing.. Yummy..

  12. Alicia June 2, 2010

    You're not too far! I am in the Bay Area!

  13. Brandy June 3, 2010

    I love fresh green beans right out of the garden!

  14. Muthering Heights June 3, 2010

    I hope the weather cooperates soon!!!

  15. Forgetfulone June 3, 2010

    Pretty green bean plants! Hope they grow for you. It's my fav veggie.

  16. I'm not a green bean fan, but I love gardens and wish I had my own. Great photo.
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

  17. Lisa June 3, 2010

    We love green beans! It's been unusually warm here in the Midwest.

  18. blueviolet June 3, 2010

    They might be small, but they look healthy!

  19. Amy June 3, 2010

    I got your comment today about GB. I am a fan.If you want to know more e-mail.

  20. JamericanSpice June 5, 2010

    I love Green beans! I hope they start to take off soon as the warmer weather rolls in

  21. I am Harriet June 9, 2010

    Oh wow.
    I'm so behind on my planting this year…
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/06/proof-of-the-power-of-email/

  22. Help! Mama Remote... June 24, 2010

    I think they look good but you know what you expect them to look like