Typical green beans get a German-inspired makeover with doughy spätzle in this recipe. Light seasonings and tender noodles are easy-to-make additions that turn boring into brilliant!
Beans and Spaetzle
3 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup water (or more)
1/4 cup butter
2 cups regular cut green beans, frozen
1. Sift flour, salt, and nutmeg together in a bowl.
2. Pour eggs and 1/4 cup water into middle of flour mixture, beat with a wooden spoon.
3. Add more water, enough to make the dough slightly sticky, yet keeping it elastic and stiff.
4. Using a spätzle machine or a colander with medium holes, press the noodles into a large pot full of boiling salted water.
5. Cook noodles in the water about 5 minutes or until they rise to the surface.
6. Lift noodles out and drain on paper towels. Use water for green beans.
7. Cook green beans in boiling water until crisp-tender. Drain.
8. Brown noodles in melted butter over low heat.
9. Combine noodles and cooked green beans, toss well.
Health Benefits of Green Beans
Knowing the health benefits that a certain food can provide can help you make the right decisions for your family. It can be tough to ensure your family is getting nutritious food, especially with grocery budgets being as tight as ever. Fortunately, this recipe is a good place to start.
Since green beans have no fat and are low in calories, they're a great choice for someone who wants to lose weight. For a vegetable, green beans have a notable amount of protein. This can further help those who want to lose weight. Ideal diet plans are often high in protein and low in calories.
Green beans contain a notable amount of vitamin C and vitamin A. This vegetable is great for heart health, since it contains little sodium and a lot of soluble fiber. Research has shown that soluble fiber can help lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Fiber is also necessary for the healthy operation of your gut.
Without enough fiber, you'll likely experience negative consequences, such as constipation and bloating. Lacking fiber in your diet can also put you at risk for additional complications. Fiber is what the healthy bacteria in your gut feeds on, so it's important that they get enough of it.
By feeding your family this recipe, you can rest assured knowing you're giving them a nutritious diet. The green beans will provide a lot of essential benefits, while the spätzle will give it a great flavor. This is a fantastic way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!