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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 9 years
yum!!!!!!! : )
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
this is also really good if you add red/yellow bell peppers :D
carbizkate carbizkate 10 years
I looooooove green beans!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 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 10 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 10 years
Cant go wrong with these...
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
WOW so good and so healthy?! okay, its green beans for dinner today! :D
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
My hubs makes these all the time. One of my faves!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 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 10 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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