Here’s a really simple and healthful way to serve green beans. Try steaming them, then top them with a little fat of choice (optional), lemon juice and almonds. Yum!
Below is a video demonstration and the written recipe follows that.
Easy Steamed Green Beans
Makes 4 to 6 Servings
1 pound fresh green beans
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, butter or ghee*
1 or 2 fresh lemon wedges, to taste
¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds**
¼ to ½ tsp salt, or to taste
Wash the green beans. Trim the ends and cut into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Place a steamer basket in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add enough water to a level that comes below the steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Add the prepared green beans to the steamer basket and cover with a lid. Steam for 3 to 7 minutes, depending on how soft you like your beans to be. (I cooked mine in the video for 5 minutes and they were crisp-tender.)
As soon as the beans are as tender as you want, transfer them to your serving bowl. Drizzle with the oil, butter or ghee, lemon juice, almonds, and salt. Toss well and serve.
* If you prefer not to add fat to your beans, simply omit the oil, butter or ghee.
** To enhance the flavor of the almonds, they can be lightly toasted first in a dry skillet or in an oven at 350°F for a few minutes. Shake or stir them often as they toast. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn, and remove them from heat as soon as they are aromatic and starting to brown.