Friday, July 6, 2012

The Green Bean Challenge

In case you are wondering how the Green Bean challenge I mentioned at the end of this post is is the update.

Hayden's beans were ready for picking Sunday night, but dinner plans didn't call for a side dish of beans and neither would any of the meals I was cooking until Wednesday, so we sent the first handful home to Gramma.


Can I say, I was really dreading it.  I DID NOT WANT TO TRY THEM!

My father reminded me of our very own green bean challenge we had when I was younger.  He and I both agreed to have 1 bite of bean on the count of 3.  I tricked him...he ate his and I just laughed at him!

Now that I am the adult...not so funny!

Around 3 o'clock, we went out and picked our beans for supper.  See how we made out?

 Hayden checking for beans

Sample of them on the vine

The haul

Closer view of those beans

Hayden trying a raw bean - NO GO!

Cooking away in some chicken broth

I knew when I picked them that I would really only need to cook 3 beans, no way would we eat all of them.  I had someone tell me that cooking veggies in chicken broth makes them tastier.  Goodness knows they were going to need all the help they could get!  Once they were cooked, I also tossed in some butter and Parmesan cheese.

All 4 of us got beans on our plate.  It was crunch time.  Hayden and I each took our bite.  His first nibble was so small it wouldn't feed a mouse.  He then ate the whole bite.  He didn't think it was horrid, but he also wasn't interested in having more.  I ate mine...with a large chaser of tomato juice.  The broth, butter and cheese DID NOT improve them one bit!  Brian wimped out TOTALLY and didn't even try one bite...not even when Hayden cried that he wouldn't try one of his beans.

So, there you have it...the conclusion to the Green Bean Challenge.  Hayden and I both agreed that we are not a Green Bean family, but we tried and that is what counts!

Until next time,



  1. Oh my this is one of my families favorites!! I ask myself how could anyone not like green beans then I remember how I dislike lima beans, yuck!!!

  2. I'm just glad that you tried! I love green beans.. DH on the other hand... not so much.

  3. Great story! I am not a big fan either. Thanks for the tip about the chicken broth

  4. Don't give up on the beans. kids need exposure to new foods like 15 times before they'll know if they like them or not. Keep trying and show the kids how eating green can be tasty and healthy.