After suffering for almost 8 years with Ulcerative Colitis, I finally a total colectomy. It has been long road to recovery and learning how to live with my new body. Here are some tid-bits of my life without a colon as I navigate insurance, doctors, and the added bonus of IVF and surrogacy.
Our green beans have been BOOMING! lately. I am so excited to have free, fresh veggies to whip up with dinner. I was making Lemon Pepper Tuna Tacos last night and HAD to use up my GBs. I checked the handy Internet, and after consulting my fridge and pantry, I came up with this little ditty.
Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad
Green beans (It's just the two of us so I didn't need many) Halved (freshly picked) cherry tomatoes Onion- maybe half of a medium one? Equal parts vinegar and olive oil A little bit of sugar or honey (I used about 1/2 teaspoon? Maybe one tsp?) Salt and pepper to tasted Throw in some herbs if you got 'em!
I steamed cut green beans and onion. I kept the onion in larger pieces while steaming so I wouldn't lose them in the pot. I pulled out the onion first and chopped it then the green beans when they were a suitable tenderness- however you like.
In a bowl, I mixed the vinegar and oil and added the sugar- whisk until the sugar dissolves or the honey in well incorporated. Then stir in the GBs and tomatoes. Chill for a little bit and you got a great side salad for a picnic or any summer meal!
Side note: I've read that the green beans change color because of the acid in the vinegar but I didn't experience this. Also, Eli felt it was too vinegary so maybe I'm a freak but I like it that way. If you alter the amount of vinegar, I won't know and as long as it is not too much less than the oil, it shouldn't be a big deal. Make it your own! ;)
I was in a hurry when I made this but also consider roasting the tomatoes before tossing... how great would THAT be!?