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Herbed Green and Wax Beans

Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup beans)
Adding a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) to the steaming liquid imparts subtle flavor and aroma to the vegetables.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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