Farm-fresh green beans are blanched, then stir-fried with olive oil and diced garlic, and seasoned with lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley for a fast, yet delicious and oh so healthy side dish.
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My husband and I love green beans. We have them pretty much once or twice a week during season. My husband’s favorite way to eat them is steamed with a bit of butter. I like it this way too, but sometimes, you just have to have something different. Enter these Garlicky Lemon Green Beans with Pine Nuts.
You can cook the beans in advance until crisp-tender, then refrigerate. Just before serving this side dish, give them a quick stir-fry with olive oil, garlic and lemon zest and juice. Top with parsley and pine nuts. A perfect healthy yet delicious side. Also, makes a wonderful snack.
Garlicky Lemon Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Yields: 6-8 servings
2 pounds fresh green beans, both ends trimmed
4-6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/3 cup pine nuts
Put the pine nuts in a dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until golden in spots, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain immediately and immerse in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When they are cool, drain and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Add the string beans, sprinkle with salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice. Just before plating, add parsley and pine nuts.
Serve with additional lemon wedges, if desired.