Thursday, March 7, 2013

Two quick recipes

After our loooooooong snow day yesterday, complete with three trips outside to play, two cups of hot chocolate, and one very necessary movie (so that I could regain my slipping sanity) the day finally slowed down.  I began to make the kids' dinner after their much-needed bath time and when they realized I was making green beans for their vegetable, Frances and George both cheered, "Yay! Green beans!!" and did a happy dance in the kitchen.

They really do love these simple beans, which I pretend means they are really good and not just tolerable compared to the steamed broccoli and cooked carrots they get on other nights.  Will likes them, too; he just rarely gets to eat them because they are usually entirely consumed by the time he walks through the door.  Plus, they are ridiculously easy to make:

Roasted Green Beans

  • Wash and break in half green beans and put in a square cake pan.  
  • Toss with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and add garlic powder and kosher salt to taste.  
  • Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes (check at 12 minutes) until tender.  Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Dressing

I must admit, I am not a big fan of honey mustard dressing.  Most store-bought brands (or even restaurant options) are too sweet for my taste.  But when I saw this recipe on one of my go-to food blogs (here) I gave it a try.  I liked that the main ingredient was Greek yogurt (healthy, right?) and it had a fairly small amount of sugar.

Don't worry - it's not actually this electric yellow.

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 T yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 T honey

Try not to lick the bowl.

Because of the yogurt, this is actually best served as a dip (chicken fingers!) or on sandwiches rather than as a salad dressing where it can taste a little chalky.  But who are we kidding, I also slather it on my salads, too and gobble it up at an embarrassing rate.

Happy Thursday, everyone!


  1. Oh my word - those both look so good! I'm trying your beans this week! I've had so much fun catching up on your blog tonight Lucy. :) Your home is so beautiful! That wood paneling in your den is to die for. Ok - I stopped by to tell you that the boots you asked about are "Naughty Monkey." Obviously I got a bit sidetracked. :)

    p.s. That snowman has got to be the cutest I've ever seen. Hands down!

    1. Yay! Thank you so much, Erin - I just ordered a couple of pairs from Zappos (the lazy girl's shoe shopping paradise : )) to try out. Yes, if you ever get tired of that gorgeous San Diego weather, you guys are always welcomed to stop by Virginia in March (apparently) for some snowman building activities. Ugh.

      Hope you're having a good weekend!