Light and easy, tasty and healthy these Green beans with eggs is a perfect recipe when you need to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes.
When I started cooking I didn’t make easy and simple dishes, instead I went right for the most complicated recipes. For baking I wasn’t making simple loaf cakes or muffins. I wasn’t even making two layer frosted cakes. No, I was making complicated concoctions with mousses, curds, meringue layers, and tempered chocolate. Those cakes took a few days to assemble.
I still remember the first time I decided to make a multi-course fancy dinner for my ex-boyfriend. I did not make an easy salad as an appetizer, some simple roast main, and dessert. I made chicken liver two ways for appetizer with homemade crackers, and individual cheesecakes for dessert. That dinner traumatized me so much, that I don’t even remember what I made for the main course. It was my first time cooking chicken liver. It was also my first time making cheesecake.
Knowing this, it makes sense why I did not actually cook much even though I loved cooking and preferred take-out for lunch and dinner. Making those complicated dishes took too much energy and time. It was easy to rely on sandwiches and fast food.
It took many years to stop the pattern. To not automatically choose a recipe with the most ingredients and the longest cooking time to try. And when I paused and thought and started to cook simple, things changed. I no longer felt rushed and tired and busy to cook. I felt relaxed. I found the rhythm in chopping, and dicing, and mixing, and cooking. I found that I don’t have to rely on cookbooks. I realized that I know the food that I like and I don’t need to blindly follow the recipes. Instead, I can use cookbooks, and blogs, and websites as inspiration to come up with food that I like.
Now I don’t feel guilty or ashamed making simple foods. Two ingredient or three ingredient recipe could be as good as a complicated recipe involving many steps in ingredients. I feel confident in my cooking and I now go back to my childhood for inspiration quite often.
This recipe is one of those childhood memories. My mom made it quite regularly when I was little. I am pretty sure she used frozen beans as we’ve never had fresh ones in the stores. It was quick and easy. Tasty and healthy. I was on the subway last week coming home, tired and with no energy to go to a supermarket. I tried to do a mental audit of what we had in the fridge and remembered that there was a big bag of green beans waiting to be used.
Technically it’s just scrambled eggs with green beans, but I never eat it for breakfast. For me it’s a dinner recipe, but it doesn't mean that you can’t have it in the morning or for lunch. I cook beans in salted water until they are cooked to my liking, which is soft. But they can be cooked to have some crispiness too, it just depends on personal taste. Once the beans are cooked and drained, I add them to a big pan and pour a mixture of eggs and milk over them. I then cook it on medium heat stirring the egg and mixing the beans, until the eggs are cooked. Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper. It’s light, healthy and delicious, not to mention quick and very affordable.
Light and easy green beans with eggs
Green beans - 300 gEggs - 4Milk - 1/2 cupOlive oil - 1 tablespoonSalt, pepper to taste
- Trim the ends of the beans.
- Cut the beans into thirds.
- Cook in boiling water until the desired doneness.
- Drain the beans.
- While the beans are cooking, whisk together eggs and milk in a large bowl. Season with salt.
- When the beans are well drained, heat olive oil in a medium skillet.
- Add beans to the skillet and cook for a minute.
- Add the egg-milk mixture and cook constantly stirring with a spatula for about 3-5 minutes or until egg curds are fully cooked.
- Serve with lots of freshly ground black pepper.