Bundled Green Beans welcome us home

While traveling out East, I couldn’t figure out how to feed our kids. Because restaurants that catered to families offered burgers, hotdogs and fries on their kids’ menu. Which I couldn’t understand. Because we teach our children basic life skills like how to read and how to swim. Why don’t we teach them how to eat?

Healthy snacks like apples, nuts and raisins we label choking hazards. Yet we don’t label hazards like dyes, especially Red 3, a known carcinogen which goes into some fruit roll-ups.

We tried stopping at grocery stores to stock our hotel room mini fridges, but there is only so much pasta salad a person can eat hunched over. And so I gave in and swore once I returned home I’d never feed our kids fried food again.

Yeah. Anyway.

When I got back, I was excited to dig into our CSA box from Hog’s Back Farm: crispy sweet corn we boiled that first night, a ripe tomato, white onions, spearmint for mojitos to celebrate a friend’s 40th this weekend.

And green beans, which we’ve bundled in bacon and placed in an airtight container in our refrigerator to roast tomorrow night.

Green Bean Bundles, adapted from Paula Deen at The Food Network:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bacon

Mix olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl.

Wash green beans and trim tips. Blanch (place in boiling water) for 3 minutes. Then place in cold water for 6 minutes to stop the cooking process.

Toss green beans in mixture. Wrap 5 stalks per piece of bacon.

Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, until bacon is cooked.

How do you feed your kids on vacation?

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23. July 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
Categories: Food, Parenting, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. Oooo, that sounds so yummy! I also get a CSA box from my local organic farm. I just love how it forces me to try something new with thing’s I’d not normally pick up at the store. It’s also great for menu planning. You know the weekend before what is coming so you grab the rest of the ingredients.

    When it comes to what I feed my kids on vacation, it can get tricky. My daughter loves french fries so they’re a treat every once in a while for her. Everything in moderation. Neither child has gotten into deep fried stuff because we don’t eat it. They’ve not been exposed much and I’m in no hurry to do that. In a pinch, hamburgers seem to work well for them and I’m always getting fresh fruits and vegis for snacks or cereal bars (which travel better in the car).

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    The green beans wrapped in bacon look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My “trick” is to bring bottled water and a variety of easy to carry fruit, carrot sticks, etc. in my purse. That way, I feel less guilty if the kids get a MickeyD’s burger for lunch, so long as the side dishes come out of my purse. I do this for theme parks too. We go to Disneyland a lot, and that place is pretty good about offering fruit at stands throughout the park. But I still bring a purse full of apples, bananas, carrots, grapes, etc., and big straw cups of water. The kids prefer that to the park treats anyway.

  4. Well…we don’t vacation much, but when we do, we usually make sure we have a kitchen, that way I can continue to feed them homemade meals, instead of eating out each night. Lov’n the green beans and bacon…I have to try this! Thanks for sharing

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  6. That sounds really good. Sometimes we do all veggie dinners and they are really good. I am going to try your wraps. I think my son would like those too.

  7. I really try to bring as much food as possible on trips. It not only saves money and time, it also gives them the food I want them to have. I make homemade granola bars or breakfast cookies, I pack sandwiches or homemade pizza, and there are always fruit, nuts, crackers and cheese sticks. We usually end up stopping at a fast food restaurant for a special treat. I can’t stand it, but it’s part of the vacation experience.

    Your green bean bundles look delicious. I don’t live in an area where they do CSA boxes. I have started having veggie envy seeing them all over the blog world.

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  9. looks yummy your right its sometimes tough to eat healthy on the road, but try and look for country produce store along the way we found a great one in VA

  10. It is so hard to find healthy foods. We often visit the local grocery store and stock up on healthy snacks to bring with us. It’s not always convenient, but it usually works.

  11. This looks delicious! Sounds like traveling with kiddies and healthy eating is not so easy. That is such a shame!

  12. Yummy! This dish looks delicious!

  13. I saw “Unplanned Cooking” on BlogFrog and thought…that pretty much sums up all the cooking I do…unplanned. This recipe looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to check out some more :)

  14. Trying this receipe tonight – can not wait!

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