Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jazzed up Green Beans

This is not really a recipe. What I mean to say is there's not much to this. The only reason I've decided to post this... tip (that feels like a better label for this) is because my friend T-Rae told me that ever since I shared this with her, she makes her green beans this way all the time.

I honestly can't remember if I learned this from my mom, but I'm giving her all the credit. At the very least if I didn't learn this from her, I inherited her inventive cooking skillz. Yes, I said skillz.

Okay, here's what you need.

Now don't go and make the mistake I did. 50% less salt?? Why!? Maybe that's just me, being a salt addict and all, but 50% less salt means I have to ADD more salt. Sheesh. I obviously wasn't paying attention when I bought this can of green beans. With a normal can of green beans you just use one chicken bouillon cube. You can dump that can of green beans in a small pot, add the chicken cube and heat the green beans through. Typically I like to give the green beans about 20 minutes on low just so they really absorb the flavor. If you're in a super big hurry, throw the green beans in a microwave safe container, add the chicken cube and I add a tiny bit more water just so the green beans are covered in liquid. Zap it for about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your microwave. Let it stand for about five minutes which will allow the flavors to absorb a bit and help you avoid boiling your tongue.

With this particular can of green beans, since I was working with less flavor, I also added in a packet of this.

In fact, Skywalker prefers I use this seasoning packet when I make the green beans with a regular can of green beans. I'm not sure if it's the flavors she prefers or the fact that the green beans take on a reddish tinge. Blurry pic but you get the idea.

Still with words like this, you can't go wrong.


  1. I loved Sazon until I discovered it had MSG as a main ingredient :(

  2. I didn't know this! I saw your comment the other day so was doing some research. Bohio makes a Sazon that's lower in sodium and MSG free! Someone mentioned that on a message board. You can definitely find on Ebay if nothing else and it's Bohio's Sazon Lite version.