Thursday, October 3, 2013

Green Beans with Almonds and Lemon

Keeping with the Breaking Bad theme this week, I give you the Green Beans with Almonds and Lemon that Jessie loved so much at the impromptu White family dinner party with Walt and Skylar. Jessie particularly liked the almonds and hint of lemon, even though it turned out that Mrs. White bought her green beans from the store ready made. This is a simple and healthy preparation for green beans that is classic for a reason. It is delicious. I am getting more fond of things like pre-washed and trimmed green beans these days - especially when they are on big sale at the grocery store.  They are portioned well for a dinner side dish and they make life SO MUCH easier.  Don't get me wrong.  I still love spending time idling in the kitchen, but anything I can do to make weeknight meals faster and healthier are a winner in my book.
Green Beans with Almonds and Lemon
12 oz. bag green beans
1/2 lemon
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

1.  I nuked my green bean bag for 4 minutes, so that the beans maintained some of their crunch, but only a bit.  You could certainly use beans that are not in a microwave ready bag, and just cook them in boiling water until they are tender and retain a bit of their crunch.
2.  Dump your cooked green beans in a bowl and sprinkle over the olive oil, salt, pepper, and juice from the half lemon.
Toss to combine.
3.  Add the slivered almonds and toss.
They are ready to eat.  Can't get much easier or more delicious than this.
It makes a great weeknight side dish for almost any meal.

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