Foodie Friday – Roasted Parmesan green beans

OK, I tried to write some meaningful posts this week, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I know you’ve heard this from me more than once before (especially over the last six months), but I just wasn’t able to focus this week. I couldn’t put together more than a few sentences on any topic, and that’s not a recipe for a good update. Sorry. I’m not in a very good place right now and this past week has been particularly difficult. I won’t go in to that now, but I’ll try to write more about it soon. On to the food!

I made these delicious roasted Parmesan green beans to take to dinner at a friend’s house last month. She was making tacos and asked me to bring healthy side dishes. That required some thought. My first thought was rice, but I decided against adding extra carbs to the meal, and unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to make a batch of homemade salsa. So I rifled through my Pinterest boards and found this recipe that I pinned a long time ago and was dying to try. Dinner with friends was the perfect opportunity. Green beans aren’t the most obvious side dish for taco night, but they were ridiculously easy to make and really delicious. Roasting vegetables is definitely the way to go (for more evidence see my Parmesan-lemon roasted broccoli recipe). I’ll be making these again soon!

INGREDIENTS:
12 oz green beans, trimmed
1 Tbsp olive oil
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper (I used both black and white)
1 1/2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (shredded or grated)

DIRECTIONS:
Throw the green beans into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Stir (I used my hands) until all of the beans are coated with oil. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir to evenly coat. Lay the beans in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 425 deg F for 10 minutes. Stir the beans to flip them over and then bake for another 3-5 minutes, depending on how done you want your beans. (The full 5 min was slightly too long for my batch. I would have liked my beans a bit crunchier.) Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Based on Skinny Taste’s Roasted Parmesan Green Beans.

Quiet Saturday

I skipped Foodie Friday this week because I figured I’d already written too many posts about food. I don’t want to bore any of my readers because heaven knows I don’t have enough to afford to alienate a single one! It’s a shame really because I have a great recipe for roasted green beans to share. (And four new chocolate chip cookie recipes to add to my tally.But that will wait until next week. Until then I’m going to try and write a few updates that aren’t based on my culinary experiences. It’s not that I don’t have things I want to post about, but my life has been a bit strange lately. I seem to simultaneously have a lot on my plate and very little going on at the same time. It’s weird. I guess most of what’s keeping me busy is in my head, but I can’t really write about that stuff without someone hauling me off to the loony bin. I’m just trying to figure out how my new life is going to work. Right now I have no idea, which is both thrilling and absolutely terrifying. I’ll keep you posted once I figure anything out. As far as today goes, I had a very quiet Saturday. I did some shopping this morning, mostly returning things I’d changed my minds about, and then I watched TV and worked around the house the rest of the day. But mostly I was lazy. That means I need to go to bed soon so I can get up early and make the most of my Sunday before the weekend is over. Good night!

Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland is supposed to be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” right? Well I have a story that says otherwise. Up until April 14th the Disneyland and California Adventure parks opened one hour early on the weekends for annual pass holders. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect time to visit? Well, I put off taking advantage of this perk until the last possible weekend. Silly me. But on Saturday, April 13th I was one of the first people in line for the early opening of California Adventure. My plan was to go directly to Cars Land as soon as they opened the gates and get in line for Radiator Springs Racers – by far the most popular ride in the park these days (since Cars Land only opened about a year ago). Usually the line is way too long for me to even consider waiting, but first thing in the morning I figured I could get through the single rider line and onto the ride very quickly. Easy, right? Or so I thought. Obviously everyone else who was there before California Adventure opened had the same idea about heading immediately to Radiator Springs Racers when they got into the park. Needless to say, it was a mad dash to Cars Land at 8 AM. And then everyone was funneled into a smaller much area to queue up for the ride itself. It was like a cattle drive walking down that little street. Very close quarters. There were so many people that you had to watch where you were putting your feet to avoid trampling a small child who wasn’t paying attention. Folks were much more interested in getting to the rides than observing social graces. So as I was walking towards Radiator Springs Racers with dozens, if not hundreds, of other Disneyland guests the guy to the right of me suddenly turns and shouts at me, “Will you please stop bumping into me while I’m trying to walk here?” I was surprised and initially thought he was joking because everyone was bumping into everyone else. There was no way to avoid it. So I didn’t say anything to this guy at first, but gave him some kind of quizzical look instead. That made him shout even louder. He said something like, “You keep bumping into me and now you’re looking at me like I’m an idiot!” I was so shocked that I don’t remember exactly what happened next. From what I can recall, the progression went something like this:

Me: “I apologize, but we’re all bumping into each other here.”
Mr. Angry: “Act like you’re educated and stop bumping into me!”
Me: “There are people everywhere and we’re all bumping into each other!”
Mr. Angry: Starts insulting me even louder
Me: “Happiest Place on Earth everyone!”
Mr. Angry: Continues screaming. Something about how rude I was.
Me: *Laughs* The situation was just too crazy not to.
Mr. Angry: More screaming. I had stopped paying attention to his actual words at this point.
Me: “Thank you sir, you made my day.”
Mr. Angry: “You’re welcome.” Obviously the sarcasm didn’t register.

I looked around at the people surrounding us during this altercation and they all had their mouths hanging open. I heard several people under their breath mutter, “Wow.” I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who was completely shocked by this guy’s behaviour. It was the most bizarre and unbelievable thing that’s ever happened to me. After I slowed down and let Mr. Angry get ahead of me in the crowd a lady fell into step next to me and said, “You mean you don’t come to Disneyland in a bubble?” That made me laugh. I think I handed the situation pretty well, actually. I didn’t return his insults, I didn’t swear, and I didn’t let this guy make me angry. He rattled me, that’s for sure, but in the moment I laughed at him rather than getting mad. It’s not the way I’d choose to start my day at Disneyland, but at least I have a good story to tell!