Green beans for beautiful hair, nails and glowing skin!

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Green beans

Most people even kids probably know that green beans are great for our overall health. The problem is that many people, kids included, find them not very tasty or even tasteless. There are many ways green beans can be prepared, my and my kids' favorite is green beans in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and potatoes. But first let's talk a little about the reasons why the green beans are so awesome!

Most of all, green beans contain many important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for maintaining good health, including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, folate, potassium, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin K and vitamin B1. They are also a good source of fiber, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

My favorite thing about green beans is that they are one of the richest sources of silicon (not silicone used for breast implants). Silicon is needed for strong and flexible bones, healthy cartilage and connective tissue.  In the blood vessels, silicon helps prevent atherosclerosis. It also protects against toxic aluminum.

Silicon is also known as a beautifying mineral that will keep your hair and nails strong and your skin glowing! Silicon encourages the growth of thick and healthy hair, it will prevent hair thinning and increase hair shine. Silicon will also help maintain a beautiful, glowing skin, prevent premature aging and serious skin problems.

So, forget about Botox and just eat green beans!

This recipe requires a bit of multi-tasking but nothing that you cannot accomplish, I promise.

Ingredients

6-7 cups of green beans

3 large tomatoes

7 medium size potatoes

2 cups of mushrooms

1 small onion

3 garlic cloves

3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup of half and half or sour cream (if you don't want to use dairy, use any milk product of your choice)

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Instructions

Task #1

Wash the green beans, cut the ends off and chop them in half. Place them in a soup pot, add about 3 quarts of water and some salt. Bring it to boil, then reduce the heat and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes until tender. Once done, drain the water and set aside.

Task #2

Peel and wash the potatoes and cut them into smaller pieces or halves. Put in the pot, add some water and salt and cook for about 15 minutes or until they are done. Once done, drain the water and set aside.

Task #3

Wash the tomatoes, put them in a bowl and pour hot water over them until they are completely emerged in the water.

Leave it like this for about 15 minutes, then drain the water and peel the skins off. It should be easily peeled. You can skip this step and just leave the skins on. I do this mostly because of my kids as they don't like the skins in the dish. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.

Wash the mushrooms and cut them into slices.

Task #4

In a saucepan with higher edges, heat the cooking oil, add finely chopped onion and minced or finely cut garlic, saute for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cut tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock, cover it and let it simmer for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Then add cut mushrooms and cook for another 8 minutes. Turn the heat down and add a cup of half and half or sour cream or any milk of your choice and stir it well. At this point, add your cooked green beans and cooked potatoes, season with more salt and pepper and it is ready to serve. You can also add fresh parsley or any other herb that you like.

It can be eaten as a main meal or as a side dish with meat or chicken.