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Old-Fashioned Side: Garlicky Green Beans

When I was a little girl I used to hate green beans. I don't really know why I hated them so much, maybe because they were a vegetable, maybe because I wasn't used to the taste, or maybe because my parents encouraged me to eat them. Luckily I grew out of that phase quickly and now love green beans. They are seriously one of the simplest sides around and pair with just about everything. Throwing in a quick, easy green bean dish to your meal is a great way to fill your daily intake of vegetables. Oftentimes people only use green beans as a side during Thanksgiving, but I think it's one that should be used any time of year. To check out the green bean recipe,

Garlicky Green Beans
From Cooking Light magazine

2 cups green beans, trimmed (if you can find them, use haricots verts, thin and tender French green beans)
1 teaspoon butter
Cooking spray
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced

  1. Cook beans in boiling water 2 minutes. Drain and plunge beans into ice water; drain.
  2. Melt butter in a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat.
  3. Add beans, salt, pepper, and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until heated.

Serves 2.

CALORIES 54(35% from fat); FAT 2.1g (sat 1.2g,mono 0.6g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 2.1g; CHOLESTEROL 5mg; CALCIUM 45mg; SODIUM 170mg; FIBER 3.8g; IRON 1.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 8.4g

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ishop2much ishop2much 8 years
yum!!!!!!! : )
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
this is also really good if you add red/yellow bell peppers :D
carbizkate carbizkate 9 years
I looooooove green beans!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
Sounds tasty spin. But I'd use balsamic vinegar. I don't know why, but apple ciger vinegar just tastes really overwhelming to mee, even just a drop or 2.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
That sounds delicious! My Mom taught me this really simple way to give green beans a different kick - I drizzle a bit of apple cider vinegar, a small amount of crumpled bacon, a little bit of butter, salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons of bread crumbs. Just toss it all together. It sounds strange, but it's really good and easy.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Cant go wrong with these...
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
WOW so good and so healthy?! okay, its green beans for dinner today! :D
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
My hubs makes these all the time. One of my faves!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Mmmm, sounds tasty! Green beans was one of the few veggies I liked as a kid, but I think it was because my grandmother always asked me to snap them for her and I loved the noise they made!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
Yummy! I make this all the time. They are also good sprinkled with a bit of dried dill. For a variation, use the same method, but instead of garlic, use sliced shallots sauteed in a bit of butter. Delish!
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