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!