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Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans – Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

11 March 2013 12 Comments

healthy roasted beans

I don’t know to roll a perfect Sushi and I get cold feet when I bake Macaroon and probably will never be able to appreciate a glass of wine alongside my dinner plate…but still, cooking to me is a way to unwind. I am in my most happiest of moods when in kitchen, cooking for family and friends.

Did I hear ‘Old school’?  I accept it with pleasure 🙂

Are you on Facebook and do you remember how many FB groups you are a member of? The emerging trend among the bloggers (read food bloggers) to start a group on Facebook has reached its peak. I have lost the number of counts of such groups I am in, few of them by choice and mostly others by force. Though I am not a regular on FB but it becomes a pain to go through hundreds of notifications from these groups every time that I log in.

I try to mute the notifications as soon as someone adds me to xyz group on FB except a few and CBC is one such group.

I was added to this group by Charan Sarvanan a versatile blogger and a treasured friend now. Back then I ignored this group on the pretext of  just another FB group where bloggers drop in to give a shout out for their new blog posts or share the pictures of their cats.

But to my surprise, this small group has emerged as the most active, focused and close-knit family of bloggers from Chennai on Facebook. I have been to a couple of CBC meets and with every meet and interaction with the bloggers my appreciation has increased manifold for the group and its activities.

I could feel the energy and positive vibes whenever I attended the CBC meets. The dedication and responsibility with which this lovely admin & blogger Susan Deborah keeps everybody engaged is unmatched.

And with the multifaceted bloggers in the group writing on subjects as varied as politics, social causes, music, humor, technology, photography, architect, history, food, travel, philosophy to poems…I would love to see CBC to be a strong force of Indian bloggers to reckon with in the years to come.

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

Pic courtesy CBC

The cheerful group of bloggers I met in my very first CBC meet last year.

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

Pic courtesy CBC

Some food, fun and lovely bloggers….

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

Pic courtesy CBC

The latest CBC meet at Zha cafe with a very thoughtful agenda of ‘Book Sharing’ …of course there was food, laughter, songs, poetry and story telling too.

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

Goodies for the blogger friends….

Well, coming back to the boxes of goodies in the picture, these were baked a few weeks back for a bunch of young, energetic and creative friends for a group on Facebook I am part of. Here is what I baked, Cocoa Brownies & coffee cake and shared with all the CBC friends in a recent meet at Zha cafe.

Check the recipes for Coffee cake and Cocoa Brownies on my other blog.

This healthy snack of roasted fresh tender green beans was on the dinner table with a large vegetable Pizza I packed for children while returning back from the CBC meet in the evening.

Roasted Green Beans

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets


(serve 2)

  • 250 gms fresh tender green beans
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil/sesame oil
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Salt as desired
  • Water to boil beans


Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets

Method; Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Cut the tail ends of the fresh beans and snap them into two.

Add the beans in boiling water, cover with a tight lid and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the beans and put them in cold water.

Heat oil in a wok or a large shallow pan, add beans and stir fry for just 2 minutes on medium heat.

Add lemon juice, sprinkle sesame seeds (Til), salt, black pepper powder (Kali mirch) and toss the beans to coat well with all the ingredients.

Roasting; Pre heat oven to 230°C, line a baking tray with parchment paper or just coat the tray with vegetable oil.

In a large bowl toss all the ingredients together.Arrange the beans evenly on the grease baking tray ad roast for 15-20 minutes. Transfer the roasted beans in a serving bowl, drizzle the lemon juice and serve.

Recipe | Healthy Snack of Roasted Green Beans - Of Fun, Food and Blogger Meets


  1. The beans should be very tender and fresh for this recipe, as the cooking time is very less. If the green beans you use are hard then it will not cook properly and will be chewy and not crunchy after cooking.
  2. You can add chilly flakes, garlic or even dried herbs of your choice for this recipe.
  3. To store the beans for future use, freeze the beans immediately after dipping in the cold water, packed in a zip lock bag.
  4. Roasted and crushed peanuts is a good variation in the recipe.

I am not good at writing but could just about manage to scribble a few lines about the food I cook & photograph for this blog.  I am more comfortable with an empty canvas, a paint brush and colors to express my thoughts.

But this group has certainly made me realize the mighty powers of pen and to think about writing beyond ‘food’.

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  • Arch said:

    Its so nice to be a part of such an interesting group. It enriches your life in some many little ways. Those beans look so very healthy and tasty.
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    I am currently eating mainly just veggies for my lunches as the summer heat makes me want to stay away from anything rich and filling. This dish is just perfect! I often steam green beans and eat it with just salt+pepper+lime. It’s so refreshing.
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  • Priya said:

    Seems you had loads of fun there, missing all these beautiful moments here, loving those roasted green beans.

  • mjskit said:

    I never was aware of groups on FB, but I am very aware of all of the communities popping up on Google+. I just can’t keep up with all of the social networks anymore, so I’m with you – find one or two that you really like and stick with them. The CBC group looks like fun and I’m glad you found them! Your green beans are beautiful! I love simple green bean dishes like this because green beans are just one of those vegetables that have so much flavor that you don’t need much more. Great dish!
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  • Joyti said:

    Whoa, that sounds delicious. Nice simple side dish, the beans look so beautifully bright, fresh, and green. Nice photos.
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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    I love the local bloggers meetup! We have a few in Orlando, and it’s hard to catch up on all!!

    I agree with you about the overwhelming expectations from FB groups out there. There’s so many to choose from, but so overwhelming!!

    Love this healthy and vibrant roasted greens 🙂
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  • Dipti Joshi said:

    Here, you rarely get fresh tender green beans..This recipe is my dream..
    Dipti Joshi recently posted..Quick Tomato SambharMy Profile

  • Priya Yallapantula said:

    OK, I am drooling over this beans recipe. It is perfect for my event. Please do take a look and submit it 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    It’s wonderful to find a group of friends and fellow food lovers like that, it’s so great to be able to connect with people from far and wide.
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  • Carole said:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using peas and/or green beans. I do hope you link this in. Please do check out some of the other links – there are some good ones already. Cheers

  • Shoba Shrinivasan said:

    Lovely post Sanjeeta. Lovely that you are part of the CBC group, I am from chennai too and plannig to visit India this June. is there any chance that we can all meet? I would love to see the people behind the blogs!!!


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