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Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Breadcrumbs

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Toast fresh breadcrumbs in flavorful olive oil, and combine them with chopped toasted walnuts to add texture to this heart-healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (1-ounce) French bread baguette slice, torn
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 67
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 3.5 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 2.3 g
  • carbohydrate 7.7 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 119 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

  2. Place shallots and beans on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle bean mixture with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and sprinkle with salt and sugar; toss to coat. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.

  3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs to hot oil; cook 5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, walnuts, and lemon rind, if desired. Add breadcrumb mixture to bean mixture; toss well.

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  5. Young Chefs can:

  6. Place shallots and green beans on baking sheet

  7. Tear bread slice into small pieces

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  9. Older Chefs can:

  10. Sprinkle green beans with salt and sugar

  11. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over green beans