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If you want to lighten further, use 1 tablespoon reduced-calorie margarine and 2 tablespoons almonds, chopped. The original version's fat percentage appears high because most of the calories come from the nuts and margarine (green beans are very low in calories). Almonds contain heart-healthy fat, protein, and fiber.

Recipe by Southern Living January 2005


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15 mins
13 mins
28 mins
Makes 6 servings


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  • Cook beans in boiling water to cover 8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.

  • Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add green beans, dill, and next 3 ingredients; sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; sprinkle evenly with almonds.

  • *2 (16-ounce) packages frozen green beans may be substituted for fresh.

  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Planters Salted Almonds.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; calories from fat 60%; fat 9.7g; saturated fat 1.3g; mono fat 4.9g; poly fat 1.9g; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 11g; fiber 5.5g; iron 1mg; sodium 224mg; calcium 102mg.