the bad wife bean salad

bad wife green bean salad

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green bean salad with sausage and parmesan recipe

I am a bad wife. Well, I am a good wife. Like when I’m serving dinner and I give Mat the better looking plate. Or when I am splitting an ice cream sandwich to share and I give him the bigger piece. Or when I wait for him to watch The Office together even though it is just sitting there on my desktop calling out to me. (I know that has nothing to do with food, but I still think it’s good wife material.)

But I am also a bad wife. Like what I did the other day.

Mat had gone out to obtain some document or other that we needed for our visa mayhem. I stayed home because I was working.

And then, how can I put this… Well I had a couple students cancel and I was feeling hungry with some time on my hands. I looked in the fridge and saw green beans and sausage. Before I knew what I was doing, I had whipped together a fiercely indulgent dish that was masquerading as a “salad”.

I meant to only have a taste. One little taste to tide me over until Mat got back. It all happened so fast! I did not mean to eat the whole thing. And I did not mean to get caught. At least, not so soon. How was I supposed to know the sultry smell of that spicy cooked sausage would linger so long, causing my husband to excitedly say “Ooh, smells good! Where is it?” (That’s right, not what is it, but rather, where is it?)

My wide, guilty eyes said it all. I am a bad wife.

green beans with sausage and parmesan

bad wife green bean salad recipe

3 big handfuls of green beans
1 tsp olive oil
2 Italian sausages, casing removed, roughly chopped up
1 packed tsp capers, finely chopped
1/4 tsp harissa paste
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
shaved parmesan, to garnish

Steam your green beans until vibrant in color and tender with a bit of crunch. Shock in cold water. Set aside.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and sausage. As sausage cooks, keep breaking it up with a metal spatula until it resembles a crumbled texture.

Add capers, harissa, and balsamic and mix well. Remove from heat.

Combine green beans and sausage mixture in a serving bowl and garnish with shaved parmesan.

And please, please, share with someone you love. Trust me.

bean salad with sausage recipe

I did a bad bad thing. But it tasted so good. Forgive me?

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24 Responses to the bad wife bean salad

  1. Emma says:

    This happened to me a while back, I made something delicious and photographed it AND found time to write up a post about it in one short afternoon. My boyfriend left a comment that just said “Whaat?!?” or something like that, and I was quite confused until I realized he was all “When did this happen? And why wasn’t I a part of the deliciousness??”

    I didn’t really feel that bad, though;)

  2. If this is what it means to be a bad wife, then I don’t want to be a good one.

    I’m plotting how I’m going to make sausage on the down-low.

  3. Alyse says:

    Oh. Hello. That looks scrumptious. I think you made the right decision, even if it was more a compulsion than a decision πŸ˜‰

    Surely all those bigger ice cream sandwich halves and better looking plates make up for one un-shared salad? Surely?

  4. All the great things you do share with your husband should definitely make this incident very small indeed. However, it must have been tempting as well as satisfying if it caused you to gobble it down! The picture does make me want to try it. Great blend of spicy and healthy ingredients!

  5. Ah, the sultry smell of spicy sausage! That’ll do it every time. Wonderful salad. I’m sure you’ll redeem yourself and rename it the next time you make it. I do wonder what you did do to make up for your crime/sin.

  6. kale says:

    Emma – Indeed the photographed evidence adds a whole layer to the act. πŸ˜‰

    Jen @ JuanitasCocina – Time and place, please. I’ll be there. (I mean, wha..? Who said tha..? I am reformed! *throat clear*)

    Alyse – Too true! I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley. (Wow, sometimes I really need to just reign it in.)

    Tina@flourtrader – My satisfaction was such that it may have added insult to injury. What can a gal do?!

    Sprigs of Rosemary – In all honesty, I kind of did a little Opps, Sorry dance. Not the sexy kind. The awkward shoulder-shimmying with raised eyebrows kind that looks as pathetic as it feels. But it worked; I got a smile in return. And you know, I think I’ll keep the name. It’s kinda grown on me. πŸ™‚

  7. Haha well if you are a bad wife I am certainly one too! πŸ˜› This looks scrumptious! πŸ˜€

  8. lol, love this post! this salad looks so good, i would totally be making this before seth got home…hope he doesn’t see this comment πŸ™‚

  9. kyleen says:

    Ahahaa, I don’t blame you! This green bean salad looks so delicious.

  10. Too cute! I would have had a hard time waiting to share this too πŸ™‚ My husband used to get the nicer looking plate…now he takes the second place one so he can dig in right away and not have to wait for photographs πŸ™‚

  11. oooh it looks great – and you even have photos as evidence to your crime! I guess you will just have to make it again for him!

  12. I know exactly what you mean about the prettier plate, bigger half, etc. You finally got to reward yourself with this yummy meal after years of hardship and sacrifice. Haha.

  13. MΓ³na Wise says:

    You are a good bad wife. We all make mistakes Kale.
    I am sure you have already paid for your sins and will be craftier next time around (open the window/use extractor fan).
    Lovely photos. I envy your talent.

  14. Brittany says:

    I am with you on sharing bigger halves, and prettier plates. Sometimes you have to take care of yourself first! I am sure he forgave you! This salad does sound tasty enough to disappear in seconds!

  15. Great presentation love your blog too!

  16. kale says:

    Baking Serendipity – Ahh…smart! (light bulb turning on in my head right now)

    Steve @ the black peppercorn – I definitely will!

    MΓ³na Wise – I was certainly lacking in the crafty department for this crime! Thank you for your kind words, I love your site. There is a special place in my heart for anything Irish!

    Brittany – Yes, he is a very forgiving guy. πŸ™‚

    claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine – Thank you so much!

  17. That’s funny. I could see myself doing the exact same thing – your dish sounds so delicious.

  18. donna picard says:

    My husband and I just love your blog……the food looks so tasty and fortunately easy to prepare with simple wholesome ingredients, thanks.

  19. I can just see that! You should have not told anybody, he would have never found out… πŸ™‚

  20. Eftychia says:

    I love the title of this post! πŸ™‚ BTW the salad looks so good!

  21. I love that you photographed it and THEN ate it all! So funny πŸ™‚

  22. Tehehe. Well, I will admit this happens more times than not at our home as well. Sometimes, he’ll come home late and I pop a frozen burrito in the microwave for him…after just devouring a beautiful asparagus salad with fried quail eggs all by my lonesome. This looks likes something I would also not share πŸ™‚

  23. I may or may not have done this before, too. I’m not telling.

    Salad looks great.

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