Tomatoes and Green Beans From the Garden to the Dinner Table Tonight!
Tomatoes and green beans, our first harvest of the summer! It is definitely on the menu tonight! We cannot resist eating our first harvest of the season right away. I will dress the beautiful specimens with a dijon vinaigrette and serve them with grilled chicken for a really fun dinner that screams SUMMERTIME!
Planting the garden, nurturing the plants, then harvesting the vegetables is so very satisfying, not to mention so healthy. I have to admit my husband does all the work involved preparing the pots and planting the seeds. He container gardens because we have deer and rabbits that invade a traditional garden patch. It is fun watching the plants grow from when they break through the soil until the produce is ripe. The first harvest is always super special.
It is also fun to see what ripens first, then plan the meal around the harvest.
I’ve decided to prepare a simple salad so the tomatoes and green beans shine as the main attraction!
Tomato-Green Bean Salad Topped with Basil
- 2 pounds Green Beans
- 1/2 pound Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons Red-wine Vinegar
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped Shallots
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- Salt and freshly ground Pepper
- 4 tablespoons chopped Basil
Trim ends of green beans. Place the green beans into a saucepan with salted boiling water. Cook until crisp tender, between 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until chilled. Pat green beans dry with paper towel. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Whisk together the Dijon mustard, vinegar, shallots, garlic. Slowly whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil. Toss the green beans and tomatoes gently with the vinaigrette and serve! Enjoy!
A person with RA(rheumatoid arthritis), such as myself is always interested in the health benefits of what is eaten.
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato” Lewis Grizzard
Tomatoes are considered both a fruit and vegetable. They contain all four carotenoids, which are antioxidants with anti-inflammatory immune system benefits. The publication LiveScience explains how they are absorbed in the body. They are rich in Vitamin C, another antioxidant, Vitamin A and Potassium. I like that! Tomatoes are low in calories and a source of dietary fiber.
Question: What water produces the best green beans? Answer: Perspiration!
Green beans are high in dietary fiber, low in calories and contain some protein. They have Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and other nutrients. Green beans contain chlorophyll, a strong antioxidant. A person on warfarin would want to take note of the Vitamin K content.
You don’t need to have your own garden to enjoy the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables. Look no further than the local farmers market. Most communities have a morning or day for local farmers to bring their fresh produce to sell to the public. Although we garden, I still attend the farmers market to enjoy a larger variety of produce. Gardens, farmers markets, fresh produce all say “it is summertime” to me. Happiness for sure!
What are your favorite ways to prepare tomatoes and green beans? Arthritis Wisdom would love to hear from you!