Herbed Green and Wax Beans

Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Adding a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) to the steaming liquid imparts subtle flavor and aroma to the vegetables.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup beans)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 49
Fat 1.7 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrate 6.9 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 161 mg
Calcium 36 mg

Ingredients

4 thyme sprigs
4 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 cup water
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
1/2 pound fresh yellow wax beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Tie thyme, parsley, and bay leaf together with twine. Place in a large skillet with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Add beans; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well; discard herbs. Place beans in a bowl. Add oil and remaining ingredients; toss well to coat.

Note:

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Maureen Callahan,

June 2010