Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Spinach and Herb" Green Beans

Going along with my awesome giveaway for a Party Pack from Tastefully Simple, all week I am going to feature recipes using different Tastefully Simple products.  Today I am featuring the Spinach and Herb Dip Mix.  Although it makes a wonderful dip for veggies and pita chips, I tend to use it most often as seasoning while I cook- especially in the cooler months when fresh herbs aren't as plentiful.

There is tons of flavor in this seasoning mix, combining spinach flakes, onion, minced green onion, dill and garlic, making it completely versatile in cooking.  There is also only a very, very small amount of salt, so you can pretty much season your food as you would do so normally without worrying about sodium overload.  Love that!  It is also completely All Natural- no additives to get in the way of a healthy meal.

This quick recipe for green beans was a huge hit at Easter Dinner.  Everyone loved them.  The left overs (if you have any) are wonderful cold, tossed into a green leafy salad with a lemony vinaigrette.  Yum!

"Spinach and Herb" Green Beans
1 lb green beans, steam-end snipped
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 whole shallots, diced
1 Tablespoon Spinach and Herb Dip Mix, like Tastefully Simple's
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large rimmed saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft and translucent. Remove shallots from pan and set aside. Add green beans to pan and enough water to come up half way on the green beans. Cover and steam until beans are crisp-tender and bright green in color. Drain beans and return to pan. Add remaining olive oil, shallots, Spinach and Herb Dip Mix and stir to combine. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste.  Sauté 3 minutes to allow spices to rehydrate and flavors to combine.  Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

Other suggestions for the Spinach & Herb Dip Mix
• Serve dip in a blossom of purple kale.
• Add dry mix to scrambled eggs before cooking.
• Perfect on broiled or baked fish.
• Make herb bread by adding 1–2 Tbsp. to Bountiful Beer Bread Mix®.
• Toss dry mix with cooked carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
• Add prepared dip to seafood pasta salad.
• Toss with hot, cooked fettuccine noodles.
• Spread prepared dip on finger sandwiches.
• Dollop prepared dip on baked potatoes.
• Sprinkle on cottage cheese.
• Look for more recipes at

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