Bean Olympics

Not sure exactly who threw the gauntlet down first but the other night at dinner the boys had a serious string bean showdown. Someone dared Liam to eat a bean and it took off from there. Facing the peer pressure of both brothers he choked down a string bean to the cheers of the crowd. Not to be undone Matthew quickly raised the bar and ate two string beans. Well, Dylan, the major underdog surprised us all by eating five string beans at once. The crowd went wild!

Being of a competitive nature, Matthew couldn’t let his gold medal slip away to a younger, unseasoned, competitor. He ate another five and added the longest bean on his plate to make it an even six. Dylan was determined to defend his title and even the score so he, too, ate six beans! It was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever witnessed.

Matthew and Dylan each walked away with a gold medal and Liam took the bronze! I claimed the silver for eating all the beans they left on their plates.

Peanut Butter Beans

1 pound of green beans, edges trimmed

1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice, about 1/2 a small lime

1/2 Tbsp peanut butter

1/2 Tbsp sesame oil

Sesame seeds (optional)


In a large saucepan bring some lightly salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the soy sauce, lime juice, peanut butter, and sesame oil until combined. Drop the beans into the boiling water for about two minutes until they turn bright green.Drain well.


Add the hot green beans to the soy mixture and toss to coat.


Sprinkle with sesame seeds and double dare your kids to eat them!


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “Oooh, yum, wow”

Liam (age 4): “I like the peanut butter best”

Dylan (age 4): “Better than the peanut butter is the salt – I am the champion right?”

Although not an Irish dish, we made this recipe in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day – green is green after all!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from House of Bedlam!

17 thoughts on “Bean Olympics

  1. That was the most adorable yet. Three cheers for the champions! Truthfully green beans can be boring but your recipe definitely brings potential to a dull veggie. I like the very tiny haricot vers, heat them with chicken broth, butter etc. in the microwave and they stay very very green and crisp. My sister-in-law who does not like them, actually asked for the recipe! That was my cooking triumph one night.

    Love, Judy and Bill

    • I like the tiny beans too but couldn’t get them art my supermarket if you can believe that. But once I find some I am going to try the chicken broth, butter, microwave recipe – sounds great!

      • I get them sometimes at Costco in addition to Kings, my supermarket. By the way a dash of worcestshire over the beans with herbs and a little chicken broth in the bottom if you are microwaving…gives a whole other dimension. Worcesthire is my go-to spice for kicking “things up a notch” as the saying goes.
        Happy eating.

        Love, Judy

  2. That looks quite good, sound tasty, and it would certainly help kids to eat their greens. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop. Have a wonderful healthy day1

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  4. I am so delighted that you shared this delectable string bean recipe. I have had problems making my string beans taste special when I make them for family dinners especially holiday meals. I can’t wait to make these! Thank you for sharing this healthy new spin on string bean cuisine at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  5. Love this recipe! I used lemon juice instead of lime because that’s what I had in the house tonight. They were so tasty and SO EASY. It took about 5 minutes total. Of course, my kids preferred the green beans plain, but hubby and I enjoyed this new and interesting flavor. I usually dislike green beans, but I will always make them like this for myself.

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