Vacation Report – Kid Friendly Green Beans

I’m back! We had a great time over at the coast.

Misty day on the beach.

I made just one meal because I was busy with work up until the night before we left, and didn’t have time to shop and plan for any more than the one meal. I wanted to make something new and delicious for the adults, but I also want to be a popular auntie, so I wanted to make something kid-friendly. I’d considered making Greek Beef Patties (Biftekia), but we were planning to have American-style hamburgers one night, so I settled on Beef with Green Beans (Moschari me Fasolakia).

My four-year-old niece helped me snap the beans. I usually get lazy and just do the stem end, but my niece kept getting confused about which end was which, so I decided we should do both ends. She stuck with it patiently until all four pounds of beans had their tips and tails snapped off.

Both nieces loved the beef and green beans. They ate a lot! And when we had leftovers for lunch a couple of days later, they both bemoaned the end of the “snappers.”

It was actually fun not being responsible for more meals, because it freed me up to fool around with sides as the mood struck me. One night my dad was grilling steaks, so I caramelized a skillet full of onions, then made a sauce by tossing in some minced garlic, chicken broth, and wine, and letting it cook down for a few minutes. Another night I roasted carrots and onions to go with my mom’s meatloaf. I also made bread a few times, but that was about it.

Going to the beach.

So here I am, relaxed, refreshed and ready to make…hmm, what should I make?


  1. Comment by Sam Sotiropoulos

    Oh! Welcome back! I just left a comment on your previous post wishing you a good vacation! lol I am so far behind on my blog reading and am playing catch up to see what everyone else has been up to… :) Whatever you decide to make, i am sure it will be tasty. So go for it Lulu, surprise us!

    Sam Sotiropoulos’s last blog post..Loukoumades, The Ancient Olympic Treat (Λουκουμαδεσ)

  2. Comment by Lady Sweet Chips

    Great pictures! Interesting and helpful comments!

  3. Comment by Cheryl

    Welcome back Lulu! Glad to hear that you had a good time.Kids really do like “snappers” -that’s a cute. Great photos as well. I linked to you in my recent post…I never made sikalaki gliko as intended, MIL made them for us instead. I’ll have to get her recipe as well.
    Now about what to eat? Well, I say that since you’re relaxed maybe you should ease you way back into your everyday routine by checking out what’s in the freezer. :)

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  4. Comment by maria verivaki

    interesting coastline – admittedly not as sunny or blue as crete! at least you can avoid deckchairs where you are.

    welcome back and kalo heimona (as the greeks say when holiday time is over)

    maria verivaki’s last blog post..A tourist in my town

  5. Comment by Bellini Valli

    So glad that you had a well deserved vacation with the kids Lulu. Nothing would beat being a tourist in your area!!

    Bellini Valli’s last blog post..Barbecued Patty Pan

  6. Comment by Paula

    “Snappers” — What a great name! Glad you enjoyed your vacation with your family. I love the photos! There’s sometime so relaxing about the beach and watching the waves roll in. Looking forward to whatever meal you post about next!

    Paula’s last blog post..Gold Medal Carnitas

  7. Comment by Lulu

    Thanks for the welcome back, everybody!

  8. Comment by melusina

    Welcome back! Sounds like a nice family vacation.

    melusina’s last blog post..All-Vegan Tofu Lasagna

  9. Comment by Lulu

    Thanks, Mel!

  10. Comment by manju

    A dark cool coast looks so appealing right now — it is blazing hot here today! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, too — to bring the young ones into the tradition of being in the kitchen.

    I can’t promise you grass-fed beef, but perhaps there is something else in the Hawaii sampler prize package we’re offering in our “guess where we’re going next” contest that could tempt you?! Contest is open until Saturday night! ; P

  11. Comment by Lulu

    Heh, manju, that’s funny, because I am wondering where you’re going.

  12. Comment by RennyBA

    Glad you had a lovely trip and it looks very tempting. The beach looks quite different from the Norwegians – a bit bigger, but very nice :-)

    RennyBA’s last blog post..Evening out with old friends in Oslo

  13. Comment by Lulu

    @12 Renny – I suppose you have steeper coastlines and rockier beaches? Of course, all I can picture are the famous fjords, no idea what your beaches are actually like.

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