Italian Flat Beans, or Romano Beans are meant to be eaten whole (pod and all). They’re rich in protein and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and copper. They are also a great source of fiber, and vitamins A, C, K, B6, and folate. 

Romano beans are a little meatier than regular green beans, and can be used so many different ways! Eat them as a side dish, or add to pasta or a grain salad.  They are a wonderful addition to a soup or a stew.

If you plan to cook them on the stove, blanch them first (drop into boiling water for 3 minutes), then remove and sauté in butter or olive oil for 5 minutes.

Or you can roast them whole for a charred, umami flavor (yes,please!)  The following recipe is from the Boston Globe:

 

Roasted, Garlicky Romano Beans

Ingredients

1 pound romano beans, stem ends trimmed

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, smashed

3 sprigs of fresh thyme, broken in half

Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Set oven at 450 degrees.

2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the whole beans with the oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread the beans into a single layer.

3. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, or until the beans are tender and browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Roasted, Garlicky Romano Beans

Roasted, Garlicky Romano Beans

August 1, 2018 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Romano beans are a little meatier than regular green beans, and can be used in soooo many ways! Eat them as a side dish, or add to pasta or a grain salad. They make a wonderful addition to a soup or a stew.

These beans are meant to be eaten whole (pod and all). They’re rich in protein and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and copper. They are also a great source of fiber, and vitamins A, C, K, B6, and folate.

If you plan to cook them on the stove, blanch them first (drop into boiling water for 3 minutes), then remove and sauté in butter or olive oil for 5 minutes.

Or you can roast them whole for a charred, umami flavor (yes,please!)  The following recipe is from the Boston Globe:

 

Roasted, Garlicky Romano Beans

Ingredients

1 pound romano beans, stem ends trimmed

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, smashed

3 sprigs of fresh thyme, broken in half

Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat oven at 450 degrees.

2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the whole beans with the oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread the beans into a single layer.

3. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, or until the beans are tender and browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

MFM Needs Your Help to Keep SNAP Match Program in 2018

Jen selling SNAP tokens and offering SNAP match at the Info Tent in 2017. Photo by Lily Roselyn.

MFM Needs Your Help to Keep SNAP Match Program in 2018

March 28, 2018 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Since 2009, Montavilla Farmers Market’s Everybody Eats program has provided over $50,000 in SNAP Match to our shoppers, but the Federal grant that funded this program is going away in 2018. We need your help to keep this program alive, and make sure the market remains accessible for everyone in Montavilla! You can join in with this effort by donating online on the MFM website.

MFM believes that everyone, regardless of income, should have the opportunity to eat healthy, high-quality food that nourishes both the body and our community. In 2009, Montavilla Farmers Market launched the Everybody Eats program for customers using SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, what most folks know as food stamps). Here’s how the program works: for every SNAP dollar a person spends at the market (up to $10), the Everybody Eats program gives a match of one dollar to use for fresh, healthy food. This essentially doubles a customer’s purchasing power from $10 to $20. See your friends and neighbors share what the Everybody Eats program means to them in this awesome video!

MFM is committed to continuing the Everybody Eats program in 2018, and we need your help. Our goal this year is to fundraise $6,000. This season, please consider donating what you can to keep this powerful, community oriented food justice program alive.

Donate online via PayPal account or your credit or debit card, here. Or you can mail a check to:

Everybody Eats
c/o Montavilla Farmers Market
P. O. Box 16238
Portland, OR 97292

 

Thank you!