Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa

by Marla on March 15, 2012 · 111 comments

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I recently received the cookbook The Naptime Chef by the awesome food blogger Kelsey Banfield. I have been a fan of Kelsey’s for some time and have been eager to get my hands on her beautiful book. I choose a simple and extremely adaptable recipe for green beans and added a few of my very own spins. I love taking the simple and dressing it up with all kinds of ribbons and bows. In the book Kelsey has a simple, classic side dish recipe: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Olive Oil and Sea Salt. Perfect as is.

I took this great concept and made it into a full vegetarian/meatless meal. Now you have a few ways to get more veggies into your day!

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Thee green beans can be served long and lean. You can also chop them into fun, little bite sized pieces. If you do this, then with each bite you get beans, quinoa, nuts and blue cheese! Heavenly I tell ya.

Have you ever noticed how by simply changing up the way you slice something makes it so much more fun?! Try that from time to time with your veggies. Big impact for very little effort.

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

For this recipe I switched up the almonds to walnuts, the olive oil to walnut oil. The cheese and quinoa make it a full meal heftier side dish.

If blue cheese is not your thing, how about feta or shaved parmesan? Anything you desire…

I love olive oil, but I also keep many flavored oils in my fridge as well. Have you ever tried walnut, hazelnut or pecan oil? If not you must. They don’t handle high heat too well, but they are great finishing oils as they add lots of nutty flavor.

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

The recipes in The Naptime Chef cookbook are simple, diverse and the content is well laid out so you can cook up healthy meals for your family in hardly any time at all. On the book cover it says Fitting Great Food into Family Life. Over here at Family Fresh Cooking that makes a whole lot of sense. We always make time to prepare great food for every single meal of each day.

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Thinking and planning ahead makes meal time a lot less chaotic. Kelsey has a “naptime stopwatch” for every recipe so you know what kind of timing you are up against. Neat huh!

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

No matter what is going on in our lives, great food is essential & planning out the time to prepare it is mandatory.

Be assured that the ingredient lists are kept to a minimum, but the recipes created by Kelsey are bursting with flavor and style. The photographs in the book are lovely too!

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa Recipe | FamilyFreshCooking.com

From breakfasts to soups and stews, desserts, drinks, breads, main dishes to a great list of pantry staples…Kelsey will set you in the right direction to making those wonderful meals.

What is your favorite recipe using vegetables?

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry Quinoa(prepare to package directions)
  • 1 pound fresh Green Beans, washed and trim ends
  • a few pinches of fine Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted Walnuts (see notes)
  • drizzle of Walnut Oil
  • a few ounces crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Toppings
  • Have extra nuts handy for topping each serving.

Method

    Nuts
  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. For such a small amount you can use a toaster oven, I always make a Big Batc though. Toast nuts for about 10 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant.
  • Prepare your quinoa and fluff with a fork.
  • Green Beans
  • Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water. Add a few pinches of salt and bring to a rolling boil. Prepare an ice bath full of water to dunk beans in when they have finished cooking. This will set the color and keep them crisp.
  • Add the beans to the water and make sure they are fully submerged, add some more warm water if needed. Boil beans over medium high heat for about 2 minutes. They should be bright green and tender enough to be speared with a fork.
  • Drain beans in a colander and immediately put them into the ice bath. Swish them around in the bath until cool. Remove, and blot with a clean dish towel to remove dampness.
  • Assembly
  • Chop beans into little bite sized pieces. Toss with oil and nuts and some blue cheese. Serve over a bed of quinoa. Top with each serving with extra nuts and cheese.
  • Serve at any temperature.
  • Notes
  • I toast a pound of nuts at a time. Store them in an airtight bag in the fridge, this way they stay fresh and you can use them for anything at any time.
  • I use [red quinoa| here. Use any color you have on hand. My favorites are the red and black. They stay a bit more firm and to me have a bit more of a nutty flavor.
  • If you cannot find walnut oil, olive oil will be a great substitution. So would any other nut oil. Unrefined Coconut Oil would be tasty too.
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1 Georgie March 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

My mouth is watering and it’s only breakfast time. I certainly know what I’m having for dinner. Beautiful book!

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I love the colors of this dish, and like you said it’s a great way to get more vegetables into your diet. Delicious!

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14 Kari March 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

This looks great! I think I’ll have to put a quinoa salad on the menu for dinner tonight.

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Quinoa is a versatile grain that I love to incorporate into my meals and this one is tops for its nutritious value and colorful appearance……Love it !!

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This dish looks so beautiful and refreshing. All great ingredients. I will definitely make this.

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This recipe looks fantastic. The blue cheese is a great finishing touch. Love the combo of flavors.

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Great giveaway, Marla! I love this recipe for green beans, too. The flavors you used are just fabulous. Thanks for sharing this giveaway, your recipe and your beautiful photos!

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87 Kristen @ The Endless Meal March 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I always love quinoa but I’m never quite sure how to incorporate more of it in my diet. Love this recipe! Blue cheese rocks!!

And thank you so much for the shout out :)

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94 MikeVFMK March 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Who knew green beans and a vegetarian meal could look so good?! Absolutely beautiful images, Marla! The light is gorgeous.

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95 Marla March 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Mike, I had tons of fun with this shoot. The beans taste great too!!

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101 Deliciously Organic March 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

What a great spring-time recipe. Walnuts and green beans is one of my favorite combos!

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102 sweetsugarbelle March 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I came here looking for quinoa recipes! I knew you wouldn’t let me down!

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103 susan March 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

YUM, love all these wonderful, hearty ingredients!

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104 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 27, 2012 at 4:49 am

I love green beans. I would prefer them long ‘n’ lean and cut-up into bite sized pieces. Both ways you prepared them look amazing!

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105 Kristina Vanni April 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

So delicious and healthy! What a great way to showcase fresh and simple ingredients to make a mouth watering dish!

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106 Olivia April 25, 2012 at 4:00 am

This recipe is just amazing. It’s so easy to make and so delicious. I just can’t stop eating when I make it.

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107 gail April 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

this looks super yummy

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108 Ludicrous Mama September 8, 2012 at 3:57 am

Instead of discarding the bean water with all those nutrients in it, you can use it to cook the quinoa!

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109 Marla September 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

This is a great point!! It would add some great flavor as well :) Thanks!

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