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Monday, July 03, 2006

Fuzzbean's Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Green Bean and Tomato Salad
1lb green beans, cut into 1" lengths
1lb cherry or grape tomatoes
2 oz crumbled feta cheese
4 leaves fresh basil, minced
3 leaves fresh mint, minced
2T lemon juice
Sprinkle salt

Microwave steamer

In the base of the steamer, combine the lemon juice and an appropriate amount of water. Layer the beans on the top rack, cover, and microwave for 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Allow to cool slightly.

Combine the green beans, tomatoes, basil, and mint in a bowl, sprinkle with salt, and stir/toss to distribute. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top.
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I'm also a big fan of packet-fish and chicken, which is great for a single person.

Basically, take a big sheet of aluminum foil and fold it in half to get a square. Put a piece of parchment paper on top. Put a chicken breast or fish filet (sole works really well) in the middle.

Now get creative! I've done roma tomatoes, lemon juice, ginger, and cayenne (mix the wets, pour on top, add diced tomatoes); I've done granny smith apple slices and rosemary; squashes and green beans/snow peas can work well (but not too many as they take a while to cook). Citrus is great. Pop in the oven at 400F for about half an hour (depends how thick it is), let sit for a few minutes, then open (be careful of the steam).

REALLY nice to do is a takeoff on the Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad--do a packet chicken with granny smiths and rosemary. Let it cool. Chop up a couple of apples, a red onion, wash some lettuce, combine. Add chicken, a handful of pecans, and some cheese (I don't personally care for gorgonzola that much and would probably go for feta instead.) Try a citrus variation with mandarin oranges and lemon juice/orange juice on the chicken.

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