Rating: 4 stars
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any meal.

Ann Taylor Pittman
Recipe by Cooking Light July 2011

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Yield:
4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain.

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  • 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 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 8g (sat 5g); SODIUM 214mg

  • CITRUS-NUT variation: Prepare green beans through step 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 7g (sat 7g); SODIUM 156mg

  • PEPPERY BACON variation: Prepare green beans through step 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 6g (sat 3g); SODIUM 231mg

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

67 calories; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 1.4g; mono fat 1.3g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 9.2g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 5mg; iron 1.3mg; sodium 169mg; calcium 49mg.
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