This simple bean recipe makes a wonderful side dish for any occasion. You can substitute green beans for yellow wax beans if desired. Don't forget the toasted almonds -- they add a taste and texture that contrasts perfectly.

Recipe by Real Simple July 2005


Credit: Amy Neunsinger

Recipe Summary

Makes 6 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon of the salt and the wax beans, return to a boil, and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain again and set aside. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring often, until they begin to turn golden but not brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with the remaining salt and the pepper. Place the beans in a large bowl, toss with the almonds, and serve.Tip: You can use fresh green beans instead of yellow wax beans.


Nutrition Facts

calcium 74.8mg; 205 calories; calories from fat 77%; carbohydrates 9.5g; cholesterol 10mg; fat 17.7g; fiber 4.4g; iron 1.7mg; protein 5.4mg; saturated fat 3.8g; sodium 194.7mg.