Big on flavor and crunch…..short on time!
I get so distracted when I go to a farmers market and see some seasonal beauty begging to come home with me. I mean, like most people, I show up with a general idea what I’m looking for…..but I’m a sucker for super fresh, local produce that has my name on it. Like these green beans! I just had to bring them home…..but then the good weather threatened to get in the way of me cooking them right away. Does that happen to you too?
It’s not always a bad thing to veer off your shopping list if it means you are getting a wider assortment of fruits and vegetables. It’s great to change things up and alter the nutritional profile you’re feeding yourself and your family. Green beans are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet.
Green beans provide many vitamins and minerals and fiber. They are especially high in Vitamin K, Manganese, Vitamin C and folate. Green beans are a good source of fiber and antioxidants that provide cardiovascular benefits as well. For those looking to lose weight or trying to stabilize their blood sugar, Green beans are low in calories, contain no saturated fat and are low on the glycemic index making them a super choice.
So, here goes another simple seasonal recipe…..because, frankly, when you have super fresh veggies, there’s no need to doctor them up. I’ve added some garlic for flavor and almonds for crunch….because, well CRUNCH is always a good thing in my book. Using fresh local produce is divine and simple is best this time of year so we can all get back to enjoying the splendid weather!!
- 2 lbs fresh green beans
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds
- ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat oven to 425
- Wash and trim beans, towel dry.
- Use a heavy baking tray and toss all ingredients together.
- Roast for 10 minutes, toss and then roast an additional 10 minutes, or until beans are desired tenderness. I like mine with a bit of a bite. If nuts aren’t toasted when beans are done, use tongs to remove beans and turn the temperature of the oven up to 450. Keep your eye on the almonds as they toast so you don’t burn them, they may only need another couple of minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temp.
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 7gCarbohydrates 3gProtein 1g