I just love all of the fresh vegetables we have in the summer. Yes, I said “love” and “vegetables” in the same sentence! Once you try these Easy Garlicky Steamed Green Beans, you too will fall in love with vegetables -well, this one at least.
I love green beans, not only because they taste great but also because they are so easy and so quick to prepare – the fast food of vegetables! Allow me to demonstrate 🙂
Trim the ends, place them in a steamer basket and steam for about 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, get a skillet, add some olive oil to it and stir fry some garlic until fragrant. When you smell that distinctive garlicky smell, try not to start salivating…it’s time for action! Get your beans out of the steamer basket and swirl them around the olive oil infused with garlic for a few minutes. When that’s done, just a squirt of lemon juice over the top and voilà…all done! If you really want, you can sprinkle a little coarse salt over the top, but with everything we’ve been reading about the ill-effects of salt in our diets, I just skip the salt for this dish. The lemon juice provides enough of a nice flavor.
As you can see below, green beans are also very easy to grow…only 60 days according to this Farmer’s Almanac.
And garlic is just as easy! Here is my garlic, already in the drying process (my dad is a specialist at this stuff, and I have him to thank for this awesome garlic)…
So as you can see, we have everything we need to make this recipe for Easy Garlicky Steamed Green Beans. Green beans are easily available year round, so there really is no excuse not to eat this wonderful vegetable.
Origins of the Recipe for Steamed Green Beans:
Once again, I have my mom to thank for this easy Garlicky Steamed Green Beans. Only difference between her recipe and mine is that my mom would boil her beans in water…I always use my steamer basket.
So there you have it! Just like the other vegetable recipes for swiss chard, broccoli rabe, zucchini or even root vegetables, this recipe should demonstrate how easy it is to eat healthy, especially in the summer with the abundance and varieties of vegetables readily available. If you like tomatoes, you have to take a look at this recipe for these Italian Style Stewed Tomato Green Beans.
Who says fast food is bad for you? Easy Garlicky Steamed Green Beans are the ultimate fast food, for vegetables that is. Enjoy!!!
Easy Garlicky Steamed Green Beans
- 1 pound (16 ounces) green beans washed and trimmed
- 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves sliced
- a few squirts of lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste optional
- In a large pot, add about one inch of water. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Set steamer basket with prepared green beans in boiling water.
- Cover and steam until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
- While the beans are steaming, heat extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the sliced garlic and cook for about 1 minute. When you begin to smell the garlic, it's done (Be careful not to burn the garlic).
- At this point, the beans should be cooked...just add them to your skillet and swirl them around in the oil and garlic.
- Add a few squirts of lemon juice and that's it.
- Serve immediately.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.
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