Very good. Even my 4-year old raves about these. Very easy.
Green Beans with Toasted Garlic
Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any meal.
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- Calories: 67
- Fat: 3.2g
- Saturated fat: 1.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
- Protein: 2.3g
- Carbohydrate: 9.2g
- Fiber: 4g
- Cholesterol: 5mg
- Iron: 1.3mg
- Sodium: 169mg
- Calcium: 49mg
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain.
- 2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and oil; swirl until butter melts. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove garlic; set aside. Add beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Top with garlic.
- SESAME-SOY variation: Prepare beans through step 1. Heat 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; sauté 30 seconds. Add beans, 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds. Yield: 4 servings.
- CALORIES 72; FAT 3.8g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 214mg
- CITRUS-NUT variation: Prepare green beans through step 1. Combine beans, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; toss. Combine 2 tablespoons finely chopped blanched hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, and 1 minced garlic clove; sprinkle over beans. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 90; FAT 5.7g (sat 0.7g); SODIUM 156mg
- PEPPERY BACON variation: Prepare green beans through step 1. Cook 2 chopped bacon slices in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Add 2 tablespoons chopped shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add beans; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 2 minutes. Top with bacon. Yield: 4 servings.
- CALORIES 76; FAT 3.6g (sat 1.3g); SODIUM 231mg
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