At the Farmer’s Market I am always discovering new vegetables to try. My latest find were these delightful little new potatoes called German Butterball. They have a buttery yellow flesh that makes them ideal for roasting, frying and especially mashed potatoes. The day before my oral surgery I gathered up all of the fresh vegetables I had that needed to be cooked and we had a veggie feast! I did a search for a recipe that would use both the new potatoes and green beans. I stumbled upon a recipe on a new to me blog called Veggie Adventure. New recipes make me happy! Okay I admit that I am a “recipe junkie!”
Talk about an easy recipe. Some of you tell me that you are not that gifted in the kitchen, well if you can boil water you can make this! The potatoes and green beans are cooked in the same pot with the addition of a little bit of sugar. That’s right sugar! It only called for a teaspoon of sugar but I am pretty sensitive to “sweet” flavors so next time I would cut back to half a teaspoon and that would be just right for me.
The recipe called for jarred garlic instead of fresh so I went with it, using Trader Joe’s crushed garlic in a jar. I told you this was an easy recipe! The little potatoes were tender and sweet and were delicious with the green beans.
I cut back on the amount of salt used but I didn’t skip on the two tablespoons of butter. A little butter tastes so good. This was the last good thing I had to eat earlier this week. I am drooling just looking at the photos! If you can’t find German Butterball potatoes use any small new potatoes.
“BEST EVER” NEW POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
- Water to cover both the potatoes and beans
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt (I used 1 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (next time I would cut back to 1 teaspoon)
- 1 pound very small potatoes, washed well, skins on
- 1 pound fresh green beans, stem ends snapped off, broken in half or thirds if long
- Garlic to taste (I used 1 tablespoon of garlic from a jar, the perfect amount, I’d use maybe a clove or two of fresh garlic, minced very small)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Additional salt to taste
Start the water, salt and sugar to a boil while prepping the potatoes. Add the potatoes as soon as they’re prepped, cover and let cook until nearly done. (Actual time will vary based on the size and density of the potatoes. The tiny potatoes from Summit took only about 20 minutes.) Add the beans, return to a boil and cook for about 7 minutes or until the beans are well-cooked but still bright green. Drain. Return to the hot pot and toss with garlic and butter. Add salt if needed.
Yield: 8 servings
Per Serving: 157 Cal (17% from Fat, 9% from Protein, 75% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 31 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; NetCarb25; 2 g Sugar; 43 mg Calcium; 5 mg Iron; 16 mg Sodium; 8 mg Cholesterol; WWPP 4
Adapted From A Veggie Adventure
I have been getting some questions about my gum surgery that I would like to clear up. First let me say that I do not have nor did I ever have periodontal disease. I had receding gum tissue on my front lower teeth that resulted from using a stiff bristled tooth brush and over brushing in my late teens. The gum tissue on my front lower teeth was already compromised when I started the Invisalign teeth straightening treatment. Of course the movement of the teeth disrupted the gum tissue further and because the tissue had begun to recede years ago the tissue could not recover.
Once my front teeth were straight and in alignment it was very clear that I needed a gum tissue graft to prevent any further problems in the future. Eventually I may have needed a tissue graft even if I hadn’t had my teeth straightened but I’ll never know for sure.
Would I do it all over again? Absolutely! I am so happy to have straight teeth!
My recovery is rolling along. An assortment of soups, fat free Greek yogurt with pureed fruit, mashed potatoes and smoothies are my current diet. Smoothies are tasty but they are not like eating a meal. I crave savory flavors and I am day dreaming about all the awesome foods I want to have on my plate again. Oh, what I would give to eat a huge green salad! Eat a salad in honor of me today!
I can’t wait to “bite” my way through a real meal. I don’t have much of an appetite which is good but you all know how much I love cooking and eating so this is a real test of my patience. I’m afraid to get on the scale with so much couch time this week. Tomorrow I will try and go for a gentle walk and burn some extra calories.
In case you were wondering, the bruising is quite colorful at this point! I am sporting a rainbow of colors on my chin.
Add Your Thoughts
Do you shop at Farmer’s Markets or perhaps grow your own veggies?
Tried any new recipes lately?