I didn’t like green beans growing up. I thought they were gross, mostly because they tasted boring. I didn’t change my mind on green beans until I was living in China. My apartment mate, Amy, liked green beans and she would make them. We took turns cooking and to not eat them would have been rude. I figured I had to at least try them again before I decided I didn’t like them. Amy grew up eating them one way with a “special” ingredient.
Amy’s mom sent the green bean “special” ingredient in a package so Amy could make them the way she liked them. The special ingredient? It’s Goya Ham Seasoning. Super simple but it helps the green beans so much! I’ve been hooked since the first time I tried them. I’ve added a couple of more things but these dressed up green beans are they only way I’ll eat them. I’ve been craving them this pregnancy as well, so I’ve been making them several times a week. The Man and my mom are tired of eating them and Munchkin doesn’t like them (yet). It’s gotten to the point where I’m making two veggies for dinner. Even better is that these green beans fit into my GD diet. I’ve even made them for lunch cause I love them so much! These are perfect side for a midday dinner as they are super quick to whip up.
Goya Ham Seasoning
French Fried Onions
1. Add the amount of green beans you want to a pot.
2. Add just enough water to make sure that most of the green beans are covered.
3. Add the ham seasoning. If you’re doing a 1/2 a bag, use 1 packet. If you’re doing a full (big) bag, use two seasoning packets.
4. Turn the burner to high and bring the water to a boil. You can turn the heat down a little once the water is boiling if you’d like, but you are going to boil all the water away. Doing this makes the green beans taste like the ham seasoning. If you just boil them in the water the green beans won’t taste any different, which in my mind defeats the purpose of using it! So keep an eye on the green beans so you don’t burn them.
5. Once the water is gone, turn the heat off. You can either transfer them to a serving bowl or add the remaining ingredients right into the pot, it’s up to you.
6. Add the freshly grated parmesan cheese. I grate it right over the green beans. I eye ball it as there is no set amount. I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much cheese but some people might disagree.
7. Add the desired amount of French fried onions. Again, I usually can’t have too many but you might. Add what you deem is an appropriate amount.
8. Mix well.
9. Serve and enjoy!