Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Off to a Great Start

Sorry for the lack of updates the past two days, but the vast majority of my time has been spent at our rent house. Yesterday, from 8:30 in the morning (floor guy) until 10:30 at night (cabinet guy). Since I can’t paint while they are sanding the floors, I spent the vast majority of the day sitting in a lawn chair in the master bedroom, watching “The 40-yr old Virgin” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” on our portable DVD player and re-reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I did leave long enough today to have lunch with my mom, though, and Blaine took the evening shift tonight to give me a break. Although sitting alone at the rent house while big burly men work is a lot easier than being in the “real” house and having to get these three hooligans bathed and in bed at a decent time.

On another note, I began the New Year with the plan to eat healthier and be more active. So, by sitting down, watching movies and reading all day, I think my EYE muscles are going to be good and strong. I’m definitely accomplishing at least one of my goals. And who cares that my mother introduced me to the goodness that is fried green beans today -- have you ever *had* fried green beans? No? Then trust me, you should get you some. I’m pretty sure that the healthy-ness of the vegetable cancels out the bad-ness of the fried and that the bean juice will help unclog my arteries.

Yeeeeeaaaahhhhh. Diet. And exercise.

I’m off to a rollickin’ good start, aren’t I?

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is your mama speaking. Fried Green Beans are green aren't they. I only told to try them ...not... eat the whole helping. Let's go again tomarrow.

anna laine said...

I live in the d-e-e-p south...where fried everything is standard fare...and yet... somehow in my 50 year span I have missed "fried green beans." (I can't even find a reference regarding in any of my sacred (Paula Deen) books. Please share and let the goodness of all things grease be enjoyed by all.

Anonymous said...

I am with Grandma Betty. If they are green then they must be good for ya. I had them picked up the other day at Sams club but put them back since I am trying real hard to diet. Remember that plastic surgery that we want??? I am working towards that.

Rena'

Tracey in Calgary said...

Would they be something like this???


FRIED GREEN BEANS

After you've cooked a big pot of green beans and you have some left over try this.
In skillet add about 1 tablespoon grease and 1 tablespoon shortening. Add about 3 cups beans, no juice. Sprinkle with one or two tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Fry on medium heat until browned and crispy

You just CAN'T mention something that sounds SO YUMMY without telling us how to make them!!! lol
I hear ya on the diet/exercise thing, I still have barely moved. Lord help me find strength to get moving.

Kelly said...

Not much of a green bean fan...but fried might be a different story. I didn't like sweet potatoes either...until I had sweet potato fries. YUMMMMMY!! Absolutely love your diet plan. Keep up the good work!

Mixed Up Me said...

Fried Green Beans? YES! I have had them. I had them at TGI Fridays once, or twice, or maybe more, but don't tell anyone!! :) They are great!! Did you dip them in Ranch dressing too??!!

Monica H said...

My mom said I should try these too, but I'm not a huge fan of green beans. On the other hand, I LOVE fried green tomatoes- yum!

Amy said...

Really? Fried green beans??
It just sounds nasty but I've yet to try anything fried that I don't like. I still want to try the fried twinkie & oreo.
Good luck with the healthy stuff, I'm working on that too. You really should read "You; Staying Young" or anything by Dr. Oz. He totally rocks!!

Grandma J said...

I find it's always extremely exhausting when you have to watch other people work. I have to seriously get with the program so I can slim down for my cruise in Sept 08. I heard there are weight restrictions on one of the day excursions helicopter....I don't want to find out what that magic number is!

Tracey in Calgary, what is grease? Crisco? Lard? I don't want to mess up the recipe when I make fried green beans for my grandkids.....won't they be SURPRISED!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had fried green beans at TGIFridays also and they are quite good. Fried Twinkies and Oreos...not so much. However, fried Snickers are to die for! They taste like warm chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven! Yum!! I'm sure the green beans must be better for you, but we only have fried Snickers once a year at the Peanut Festival.

Gayle in AL

Renee said...

We had fried green beans at the airport. They are divine! Grandma Betty rocks!

Sandie in MN said...

We were just at TGIFridays last night and I said "who the hell would order fried green beans?!"

Now I know:)

Mrs. Who said...

Oh! "Outlander"!! I loved that series. I need to reread it also.

Cara said...

Ooooh -- I Looooooovve Outlander. I am anxiously awaiting Book 7, which will NOT be the last like it was supposed to be. It will be called An Echo in the Bone and hopefully be released early 2009, according to DG's site. I can't wait! I guess it's time for me to start rereading...Again.

natalie said...

Freaky. I'm also re-reading Outlander. Do you think Diana is some sort of nymphomaniac to be able to write like that???

Anonymous said...

Ok...those just sound disgusting! I have never been able to bring myself to try one. I cant seem to try fried pickles either. I'll just take your word for it on how wonderful they are!

Megan

Melissa said...

The best thing is fried Twinkies. Taste like a warm, delicate, crusty pastry...thank God they only have them once a year at the Strawberry Festival down here, or my underwear would be able to slipcover New Jersey...

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

I watched the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants- good- but the writer obviously didn't know Jack about leukemia!

My painting is on hold because my mom decided it would be a good time to die while I was enjoying myself while my children and husband were away. Perhaps in ten years I wil have a sewing room.

Happy Worker Watching :)

Tracey in Calgary said...

Grandma J, I was wondering about the grease myself!
Here is a better recipe!



CRISPY GREEN BEAN FRIES
WITH WASABI CUCUMBER RANCH DIP
(TGI Friday's copycat recipe)

FOR THE WASABI CUCUMBER RANCH DIP:
1/2 cup bottled ranch dressing (Hidden Valley is best)
1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled, seeded, minced
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
FOR THE GREEN BEANS:
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
6 to 8 ounces fresh green beans
1 cup flour
1 cup plain breadcrumbs or seasoned dry bread crumbs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
vegetable shortening or vegetable oil (for frying)

TO PREPARE THE DIP:
Combine dip ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Place in bowl; cover and chill till ready to use. Dip will thicken as it chills.

TO PREPARE THE BEANS:
Place beans in the broth. Bring to a boil and cook 15 minutes, then place in cold water to stop cooking process.

Mix beaten egg with milk in a shallow bowl. Measure 1 cup of flour into another shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs, 3/4 teaspoons salt, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder into a third bowl.

Take a handful of beans out of the water and shake off excess liquid. Coat the beans with the flour, shaking to remove excess flour. Dip the beans, one at a time, into egg/milk mixture, then dip in breadcrumb mixture. Place the beans on a plate until all are coated.

Heat the shortening or oil to 350 degrees F in a heavy skillet (or use deep fryer). Use enough to cover the beans, about 1 1/2 inches. Fry until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

TO SERVE:
Place on a large platter and serve with the wasabi cucumber ranch dip.

Now we can all make them! lol