Thanksgiving is coming up soon. I’m sure you’ll be going to Mom’s or Grandma’s for the traditional dinner. Now that you’re a gown up, you too have to bring a dish to share. One thing about Thanksgiving, the menu is already decided for you -- except maybe that vegetable side dish. So even if you aren’t an experienced chef, you can impress the family with this simple but healthy side dish.
Holiday Green Beans
Makes 6 servings
4 cups fresh green beans (about 12 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup chopped fresh cranberries
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoon chopped toasted pecans*
Steam green beans 5 to 7 minutes or microwave on high about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally; drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cranberries, sugar and orange juice. Cook, stirring gently, until cranberries are soft and liquid is syrupy. Stir in chopped nuts and toss mixture with green beans. Serve.
*To toast nuts, bake uncovered in an ungreased shallow pan at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Hint, hint: While you’re with family, I’m sure there will be discussion about what to get for holiday gifts. I great stocking stuffer idea for the novice cooks could be our First Kitchen DVD.