Did you know that parents spend an average of six hours on preparing holiday dinners and when their kids were asked, they said that they would rather eat pizza, chicken fingers or mac and cheese? When I first heard this statement, I was surprised. Then I thought about what goes on in my house and realized that I shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, I know that my kids would certainly rather eat the aforementioned kid staples at mealtime as opposed to anything else, so I guess the surprise part came in when I realized it’s not just my kids.
Last Thanksgiving, I attended an event held by Hellmann’s to launch their partnership with Bobby Flay and the “Real Holiday Helpings” program, which is continuing this year. This program was designed to show real people how to easily prepare “real food” that not only tastes great but is made with super simple ingredients. The goal of “real food” is for parents to cook one meal that the whole family can enjoy – including the kids. The whole point of holiday meals is to come together as a family, eat good food and create memories that you can still talk about 20 years later. Nothing is ever fun when kids are whining and crying because they would rather have a hot dog than what’s sitting on their plate in front of them. Nearly 43% of parents actually prepare one dinner for guests and another for the kids.
Here’s a great recipe that I made for our Thanksgiving last year and was requested again for this year. It’s simple and easy, and most of all delicious.
Roasted Green Beans with Almond Aioli*
– 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
– 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
– 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 cup Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
– 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– salt and freshly ground black pepperInstructions:– Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
– Combine 1/4 cup almonds, garlic, lemon juice and mayonnaise in a food processor and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Scrape into a bowl. Aioli can be made 4 hours in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.
– Place the green beans in a medium roasting pan or on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the green beans, turning once, until lightly golden brown and just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer the green beans to a platter and drizzle with the aioli and garnish with remaining slivered almonds.
Tip from our kitchen:
For our Thanksgiving, we made a double batch and used extra lemon juice for that final touch!
* Recipe from Hellman’s Real Holiday Helpings cookbook