Warning! Warning!

The next few pictures do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or appetite of the writer.


Did you think I’ve been hijacked?

Well, I haven’t.


A few weeks ago, on Derby Day, we went to a fabulous dinner with Mr. How Sweet’s parents and some friends.

I must have had one too many mint julep’s, because I actually found the green beans to be appetizing.

I didn’t try any, because taking food away from Mr. How Sweet or one of his friend’s is like trying to wrangle raw meat from a hungry lion.

But I’ve been thinking of them ever since, so here they are.

Like all vegetables, after the first few bites I was ready to spit the rest out.

Trust me, it was delicious, but my mouth is anti-veggie and it just isn’t happening.

Instead, I proudly picked out all the shaved parmesan.


A surefire way to get those pesky veggie-haters in your life to eat vegetables is the perfect seasoning and a boatload of cheese.

And, no, I did not forget bacon – it just didn’t fit the Tuscan theme.


Tuscan Green Beans

Serves 3-4

4 cups fresh green beans

1/2 cup fresh chopped tomato

1/4 cup shaved parmesan

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

salt & pepper to taste

Prepare green beans as desired (I steamed mine). In a large bowl toss green beans and tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Top with shaved parmesan.



Peace out, green beans.

I won’t be able to eat you again for approximately 6.82 years.

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62 Responses to “Tuscan Green Beans.”

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — May 20, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    I love making fresh green beans, there’s such a difference between fresh and their frozen counterparts. I love the crunch they have when they are just cooked for a couple of minutes. yum! I bet this would be great with bread to dip in the leftover olive oil!

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    Marisa (Loser for Life) — May 20, 2010 @ 4:41 am

    What??!! No brownies, no cakes, no crunchy chicken?!! I’m outta here… ;)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 20, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    I love this! I’m always looking for ways to change up plain green beans :)

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    Wei-Wei — May 20, 2010 @ 4:55 am

    Eat your cheese! Oh, and the greens, too. Wait, isn’t it supposed to be the other way round? :)

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    • Jessica — May 20th, 2010 @ 5:28 am

      Yes. But I think I like your way better.

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — May 20, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    GET OUT! You? Eating vegetables???? Mark this day down in history!

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    Erica — May 20, 2010 @ 5:09 am

    They look fantastic! I love fresh green beans :) You could always put pancetta in? Thats kind of Tuscan-ish?

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    • Jessica — May 20th, 2010 @ 5:28 am

      I did think about pancetta…just didn’t have any at home. Next time. :)

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — May 20, 2010 @ 5:15 am

    I am such a plane jane when it comes to green beans. These looks delicious. I am very proud of you for eating your veggies…now where are the sweets?

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    Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife — May 20, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    haha I can’t believe you ate these!!! ;-)

    I love green beans and haven’t had them in forever. Thanks for the veggie inspiration (didn’t think I would ever be saying that here!! ha)

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    klutzymama — May 20, 2010 @ 5:33 am

    YUM! These look great, I’ll definitely be trying them. Oh and by the way, I started my run/walk that you suggested today and I loved it. My lungs did not explode at all! :) Thanks!

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    Shawnee — May 20, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    I actually love green beans and I’ve been known to eat an entire bowl of them for a meal. I love mixin it up too and I think I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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    megan — May 20, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    these look so good! I love fresh green beans, but I”m so bad at preparing them…they’re always kind of boring. I’m definitely trying this – hopefully in the future with fresh green beans from the garden!

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    Emily @Cleanliness — May 20, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    Simple and sophisticated. Love it!

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    Daisy — May 20, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    I don’t know how you don’t like vegitables! but props for making them anyways. this dish is lovely

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    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — May 20, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    This looks like such a delicious dish! I love fresh green beans. :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 20, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    I don’t know how you can’t like veggies!! These look really good though, and I happen to have a boatload (well not quite, but lots) of grated parmesan that I need to use up so this recipe should help! :)

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — May 20, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    Youuuuuu likeeeeee veggggggies, youuuuuuu likeeeee vegggggies (said in a sing-song playground voice).

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    Jil — May 20, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    These look great – I have to say fresh green beans are probably one of my favorite veggies…just because they aren’t mush. haha

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 20, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    Haaaaaaa! 6.82 years :-) I love it.

    What about broccoli with cheese sauce … does the thought make you want to gag? It is good!!

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    • Jessica — May 20th, 2010 @ 6:56 am

      That I can handle.

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — May 20, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    I don’t even know you any more!

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    Paula — May 20, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    fantastic springly colours!

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    Anne — May 20, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    Haha, I could not believe you had a veggie dish as your title today :D looks delicious!

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    She-Fit — May 20, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    Would you judge me if I said I loved green beans?

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — May 20, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    These look so springy and yummy. Have you ever tried roasting vegetables? It’s a whole no world and really the only semi-palatable way to do veggies in my opinion!

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    • Jessica — May 20th, 2010 @ 11:48 am

      Yes! Roasted veggies are the only ones I can eat. Well, a few tastes of them at least. :)

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    Notes from the Fatty File — May 20, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Yum! I eat green beans all the time, but I have never made them like this. They sound like the perfect side dish for a summery dinner!

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    Ashley — May 20, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    Crunchy green beans are the best!! This looks like a great summer veggie recipe..mmm thanks!

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — May 20, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    YUMM! Those green beans look AMAZING! They’re one of my favorite veggies :-D

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    Biz — May 20, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    I almost thought I was at the wrong blog when I saw veggies!! They look delicious – and everything is better with cheese! :D

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — May 20, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    I love it! I was looking for another version of making green beans, and I’m so excited to try this out!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 20, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    hahaha i was SKURRED someone took over your blog :) these look really incredible though, and the photos are GORGEOUS!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — May 20, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    So glad to read that you ate some fine green beans. Cheese does make everything better, doesn’t it :)

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    Sophie @ yumventures — May 20, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    LOL! This looks great…I’m glad you and green beans had a 5 second romance :)

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    Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) — May 20, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Green Beans? There goes the neighborhood.

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    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries — May 20, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    So.. where are the dessert pics? Kidding! Your green beans look so vibrant and colorful. Just somehow not as appetizing as a chunk of fudgy brownie…

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    Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — May 20, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    fabulous way to spruce up green beans!

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    Becca — May 20, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    I just stumbled upon your site and love it. Those greenbeans looks amazing, but I’m more interested in those peanut butter granola crunchy things.

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    Eliana — May 20, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    what a perfect side dish

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    Melinda — May 20, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    Nice, and they are so bright and green too. It is easy to get anyone to eat veggies if they have cheese!

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    Katrina — May 20, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    These are beautiful! I want some for dinner!

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    Blond Duck — May 20, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    I think Ben would eat these (like you, unless bacon or cheese is involved, he doesn’t do veggies.)

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    Jenna — May 20, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    I saw the title of your post and thought something had happened to our dear Sweet! Although, I think I could jive with these beans, especially topped w/ cheese. :)

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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — May 20, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    i absooutely LOVE green beans, raw, cooked any way I will eat them! for some reason I always think of them as a ‘winter’ veggie but I dont know why!??! I lvoe them all year round! you MUST try them on teh grill!!!!! they are amazing grilled with some salt pepper and olive oil!!

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    Samantha @ Foodedu — May 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    I LOVE green beans. These look pretty dang good in my opinion!

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    kelly — May 20, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    mmm green beans might be one of my fav veggies. and i love anything that involves tomato, cheese, olive oil, and yes, even garlic *gasp!*

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    Mary (A Merry Life) — May 20, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    Sweets! Where are the sweets?

    Seriously though, they look amazing.

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — May 20, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    I like to sautee green beans with a bit of butter and toss some toasted almonds on top.

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    Yum Yucky — May 20, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    Look at that plating! You should be on Food Network. (oh wait, I think I already told you that)

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    ERin at The Healthy Apron — May 20, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    haha your pictures are pretty but I have to disagree with your veggie hating! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — May 20, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    I ADORE green beans. These look like good ones too! We’re so different. I’d pick carrots over cupcakes any day.

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    homecookedem — May 20, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    I cannot believe there’s no bacon in these beans!! :) Love you girl!! :)

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    Lisa @bakebikeblog — May 20, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I think that looks really good! hehe but I LOVE Beans :)

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