Food for Life – Herbed Green Beans

We are in suffering need of men and women who possess sound reasoning faculties,—who can trace from cause to effect. We need persons who will educate themselves to cook healthfully. Many know how to cook meats and vegetables in different forms, who yet do not understand how to prepare simple and appetizing dishes.” The Youth’s Instructor, May 31, 1894.

“Have your food prepared in a healthful, tasteful manner; have your food prepared with a nicety that will correctly represent health reform.

“The great backsliding upon health reform is because unwise minds have handled it and carried it to such extremes that it has disgusted in place of converting people to it. I have been where these radical ideas have been carried out. Vegetables prepared with only water, and everything else in like manner. This kind of cookery is health deform, and there are some minds so constituted that they will accept anything that bears the features of rigorous diet or reform of any kind.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 211, 212.

“Food should be prepared in such a way that it will be appetizing as well as nourishing. It should not be robbed of that which the system needs. I use some salt, and always have, because salt, instead of being deleterious, is actually essential for the blood. Vegetables should be made palatable with a little milk or cream, or something equivalent.” Counsels on Health, 136.

“This [cooking] can be done in a simple, healthful, and easy manner. . . . Skill must be united with simplicity. To do this, women must read, and then patiently reduce what they have read to practice. Many are suffering because they will not take the trouble to do this. . . . It is a religious duty for those who cook to learn how to prepare healthful food in different ways, so that it may be eaten with enjoyment. . . . What branch of the education of a young lady can be so important as this?” Testimonies, vol. 1, 681, 682.

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” Genesis 1:29; 3:18.

Herbed Green Beans

1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons margarine

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Stem the beans. In a large saucepan, cover beans with water. Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, for 8–10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté the onion in margarine until tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Drain beans; stir in onion mixture, and serve.

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