Monday, February 11, 2013

Garlic & Lemon Green Beans

I try really hard to eat veggies with every meal. I love veggies so it isn’t hard to do, but it is nice to vary it up a bit.

I had a bag of green beans in the fridge, instead of my usual butter and salt I kicked them up a bit!

They were delicious!

What you need,

2 lbs. green beans, trimmed
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. lemon zest
Salt and Pepper

In a large pot of salted boiling water blanch the beans for 2-3 minutes until bright green but still crisp.
Drain the beans and shock them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the green beans to the skillet and toss them to coat well.
Cook stirring often, until the beans are hot, about 5 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve right away.

This is a great way to do green beans, so much flavour! They are crispy and a bit spicy with a kick of lemon, they were perfection!


Recipe adapted from Food Network


  1. Oh this is almost exactly my favorite bean recipe of all time! Yay! Yours has lemon, mine has parm cheese but yours would be the healthier version <3 I always miss my green beans once our growing season is over, are the ones in the market/grocery store almost as crisp and yummy? I have always wondered & now seeing this recipe I HAVE to buy some and find out for my craving for this delicious dish is too strong to wait for the first July harvest! Thank you for reminding me of a favorite summer dish in the middle of this harsh prairie winter! You are awesome <3

  2. Excellent idea to kick plain veggies up a notch!