Peaceful Days and Roasted Green Bean Salad with Shredded Chicken, Lime and Cilantro

It was one of those weekends where all my plans went topsy-turvy, but ended up being beautiful anyhow. :-) I spent two peaceful days at home trying to stave off a bad cold with fresh juices and cup after cup of hot tea.

It turned out to be just what I needed, and all sorts of lovely things happened. :-)

Every day since I moved here, one of the tenants has motored past my window on his electric wheelchair into the trees overlooking the creek. Various friends would join him there and they'd just hang out by the creek chit-chatting and enjoying the view. A couple of times he knocked on my door to let me know that he'd be using the garden hose outside my door, but I had no idea what he was up to. Until today. :-) I was sitting, looking out my window when I noticed that the usual green swath of meadow under the trees was now punctuated with spots of bright color. When I saw that no one was about, I strolled over to see what had transpired. I found this. :-)

And this. :-)

How I smiled. :-)

Saturday I was a homebody and thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful respite. I listened to Jeeves and Wooster while I puttered, grinning at lines such as: "Young ladies, Jeeves? Fiends! Fiends, I say!" :-)

I had a wonderful nap in the sunshine streaming through the sliding glass door...

...then decided I'd better start cooking my meals for the week.

My fridge was stocked with a bag of fresh green beans, a bundle of new asparagus and a bowl of shredded chicken, so I pulled them out and set to cooking.

With the green beans...

...I made Roasted Green Bean Salad with Shredded Chicken, Lime and Cilantro.

With the asparagus...

...I made Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Parmesan. How I love those crispy, salty ends!

And with the rest of the shredded chicken? Well, I'll tell you about that in a couple of days. :-)

Roasted Green Bean Salad with Shredded Chicken, Lime and Cilantro


1 pound fresh green beans, washed, trimmed and cut in bite-sized pieces
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded chicken
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Toss green beans with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 20-30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes to prevent burning. When done, set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and cilantro. Add chicken. 
  4. Mix everything together with green beans and serve.
Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Parmesan

1 bunch asparagus
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 - 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (pre-grated cheese will not melt properly)

  1. Preheat broiler. 
  2. Arrange asparagus on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roll gently with hands to coat evenly. 
  3. Broil for 3-5 minutes until asparagus turn bright green, then remove. 
  4. Nestle asparagus close side by side, sprinkle with Parmesan and return to broiler. 
  5. Broil 3-5 minutes longer until cheese is toasted and asparagus ends are crispy. Serve immediately.


  1. These sound wonderful!

    I do hope you are feeling much better today.

    What a lovely treat to see those little flowering plants along the route to the river. I'm not familiar with them as in growing them, are they primroses?

    Enjoy your new home and surroundings. I'll be answering your email soon.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. How beautiful, the path of flowers and the food. What a nice weekend. Glad you spent it so peacefully.

  3. I sure am, dear Flower Lady! :-) Still taking it easy, drinking tea and lotsa water, but doing better. :-) Those little flowers are primroses! Aren't they perky and sweet? :-)

  4. Aren't they so lovely, Amuse? :-) It was a beautiful weekend and my heart is settled and content. :-) Hope yours was lovely too. :-)

  5. How lovely....i love the picture u paint with ur ariting...i feel like am right there ....suc cutie flowers.....
    Hope u have fantastic weekends always and all year thru....
    Actually i want happiness for u forever and if time theres a glitch in getting there im right here to cheer u up....
    Hope u cold does settle soon ...
    have a fantastic week sweeety ....

  6. Krista - Wonderful little pictures of the primulas/polyanthus. (And the crocuses and cherry blossoms before.) Your neighbor's got good taste in flowers! Isn't nice to be able to share? I don't mind doing my own gardening but who's going to complain when someone else does too!?

    I missed your earlier posts this weekend but reading them now, you were so very brave to write what you did. I do think you helped both yourself and many other people. Hopefully, since you describe so well how badly you were treated, others will recognize when they themselves are being manipulated. The harder part is getting out. And yet, the fear tends to follow you. But you are wonderful role model.

    Well we do grilled asparagus at our house, but melting the parmesan on top is new to us. I think my husband would definitely go for that! Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you feel better!

  7. Thank you, Vanilla, darling! :-) You ALWAYS cheer my heart and make my day beautiful. :-)

  8. I know, Paradis! I was so delighted! :-)

    Thank you very much for your encouragement. :-) You're right, the fear does follow, and haunt, but today is a good day and I'm taking heart and pressing on. :-)

    I am doing better, thanks. Just brewing a cup of tea now. :-)

  9. What a lovely post and the dish is beautiful.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog this afternoon. I'm look forward to reading more of yours.

  10. you always know how to combine all of my favorite flavors together - lime, cilantro, PARMESAN-CRUSTED ASPARAGUS. Beautiful dishes!

    I'm so glad to hear that your weekend was lovely, although i wish you woudl stop getting so sick!

  11. Thank you, MP! I'm so glad you like them. :-)

  12. Aren't they the BEST, Joanne?! :-) I'm so glad you like them too. :-)

    I hope so too. I AM getting better, it's just that my immune system is shot so I catch positively everything! BUT, I am working at building it up, slowly but surely. :-)

  13. Ooooh, I love roasted asperagus, and I love crispy parmasean cheese. Why have I never put them together? Basically, any vegetable gets yummier when roasted or when covered with cheese, so both in one dish! double yum! Your green bean salad looks lovely too.

  14. Aren't they the best combo, Cozy? :-) So glad you like them. :-)

  15. Oh that is so sweet about flowers, I love that.

    Hope you are feeling better. I just love your cooking. Thanks for the recipes.

  16. I do too, DJ. :-) They make me smile so big. :-)

    I am doing better and better, a few setbacks now and then, but mostly forward. :-)