It’s been busy, but we’re still eating healthy (at home at least) – a major feat this time of year, I think. Recipes like these almond green beans are a staple in our kitchen that keep our healthy dinner possible. They’re impossibly easy, so delicious, and pretty healthy. In fact, my husband and I both tend to reach for seconds and can be caught sneaking bites as we’re cleaning up. The dish comes together in a matter of minutes, which is a huge plus…
We crossed the important things off of our to do list this weekend. We slept (though still not quite enough). We finished buying presents and wrapping them all up (my favorite part of the holidays). And we watched Love Actually. I’m ready to watch the movie again; it’s just one of my all time favorites.
Almond Green Beans
Though the dish is called green beans, I really like to buy haricot verts for this dish (available at Trader Joe’s among many other places) because the beans are already cleaned and trimmed. I’m starting to see green beans that are cleaned and trimmed in the markets as well, so either option is time-saving perfection!
How you steam the beans is also open to your preferred method. You can use the microwave, boil them on the stove, or use your pressure cooker. The steaming gets them tender enough. It’s the sauteeing that makes them delicious.
Add to that salt pepper, and slivered almonds all married together in good olive oil and you have a mouth-watering veggie side dish that everyone will love. I love these almond green beans leftover on salads for lunch too. These might be the #1 staple in our kitchen come to think of it!
ALMOND GREEN BEANS
Have you ever had an experience where you randomly create a recipe only to discover it's already a very well know dish? That was the story with these almond green beans. Only after I made them at home did I realize the French have Green Beans Almondine and that Chinese restaurants have Spicy green beans which are now my dish of choice.
- 1 1/2 lbs green beans trimmed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a microwave safe bowl, cook green beans and water covered for 3-5 minutes, depending on desired crunchiness. Drain water.
- Meanwhile, in a pan large enough to hold green beans, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add almonds. Saute 2-3 minutes to coat and toast almonds.
- Slowly add green beans. Beware of sizzle from water hitting hot pan. Add salt and pepper. Toss almonds and green beans in olive oil until beans begin to char (2-3 minutes).