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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Toasted Almonds

I grew up on canned green beans, I know that's not bad and we still use them in a pinch but there is nothing like the gorgeous color and flavor of fresh green beans. 

We never had extra money when I was a kid, my parents struggled and my mom spent money frugally, very very frugally.  Usually, she would stock up on canned veggies when she found a great sale and it seemed like green beans were always on sale.  I wasn't crazy about them when I was a kid, pale green beans that always tasted a little too salty for me and mom didn't always have the extras to flavor them.  

 At times we lived where a garden was assessable, and we would help mom pick green beans and she would can them.   And they were better but still a little overcooked for my appetite.  

 So I never developed a love of green beans until I was grown and discovered stir-frying fresh green beans.  You know, just a flash stir-fry leaving the green beans cooked and still crisp tender.    

Our favorite way to cook fresh green beans are deliciously stir-fried with a little garlic, a few seasonings and topped with toasted almonds.

These green beans are gorgeous and so healthy and they are rocking all those natural flavors!   

Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

  • 1-1/2 lb fresh green beans
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat until the butter melts.
2. Add the almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown all over, about 3 minutes, remove to a plate.
3. In the skillet over medium heat, add the beans and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender and lightly browned in some places, 5 to 8 minutes.
4. Add the garlic to the skillet, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
5. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper
6. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the almonds and serve.
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  1. Mmm, we love our garlic ! Definitely on my to-do list :-)


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