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Green Beans with Garlic

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Green Beans with Garlic is super delicious and easy to make. The fresh green beans or string beans are pan-fried and then tossed with a little garlic.

Green beans are a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They’re also incredibly versatile, appearing in soups, salads, stir-fries, and even as a snack. But sometimes, the simplest preparations are the best. This recipe for green beans with garlic is a testament to that.

With just a handful of ingredients and minimal cooking time, you can create an elegant and satisfying side dish. The key is to let the fresh flavors of the garlic and green beans shine through.

Fleur de Sel and Green Beans with Garlic is a perfect marriage. The salt gives the beans a delicate flavor and enhances the garlic flavor. This type of salt must be used in moderation because it can make food taste very salty.

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String beans with Garlic

The undeniable health benefits of Green Beans

Beyond their bright color and satisfying crunch, green beans pack a powerful nutritional punch. They’re a low-calorie, low-fat food that’s bursting with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, manganese, and fiber. This impressive nutrient profile translates to a multitude of health benefits.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, shielding your cells from harmful free radicals and boosting your immune system. Vitamin K plays a crucial role in bone health and blood clotting, while folate is essential for cell growth and development, especially important for pregnant women. Manganese supports metabolism and brain function, while fiber keeps you feeling full and aids digestion.

But the star of this recipe isn’t just the mighty green bean; it’s the fragrant garlic. This pungent little bulb is more than just a flavor bomb – it’s a treasure trove of health-promoting compounds. Garlic boasts allicin, a sulfur-containing compound with potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Studies have shown it can help ward off colds and flu, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the risk of certain cancers.

So, when you savor each bite of these garlicky green beans, you’re not just indulging in a delightful side dish – you’re nourishing your body with a symphony of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting compounds. It’s a simple equation: flavorful food, powerful nutrients, and a happy body. So go ahead, try this recipe, and experience the taste and health benefits of green beans with garlic firsthand!

Green Beans on the Ceramic Bowl

Green Beans with Garlic: A Simple Yet Flavorful Side Dish

This recipe for green beans with garlic is a testament to the power of simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal cooking time, you can create an elegant and satisfying side dish. The key is to let the fresh flavors of the garlic and green beans shine through.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fresh string beans, trimmed and washed (or 2 cups): This is the star of the show! Choose vibrant green beans, free from blemishes and with crisp ends. Trim the ends and remove any strings before washing them thoroughly. 2 cups is roughly equivalent to the 12-ounce measurement, offering flexibility depending on your preference or how many beans you have on hand.
  • 2 cloves garlic, freshly chopped: Aromatic and pungent, garlic adds depth and complexity to the dish. Freshly chopped garlic offers the most potent flavor, but if you’re short on time, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • 1 tablespoon good quality olive oil: Choose a flavorful olive oil, preferably extra virgin, to enhance the overall taste. The oil adds richness and helps the garlic and beans cook evenly.
  • 2 tablespoons water: This small amount of water creates a gentle steam that helps cook the beans evenly and prevents them from burning or drying out.
  • 1 dash fleur de sel (or regular salt to taste): Fleur de sel, a type of French sea salt with a delicate texture and subtle flavor, is recommended here. But feel free to substitute regular salt to your taste preference. Remember, a little goes a long way, so start with a dash and adjust as needed.

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil: In a large skillet over low to medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering.
  2. Sauté the garlic: Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and softened. Be careful not to let the garlic burn, as it will become bitter.
  3. Add the beans and water: Stir in the trimmed and washed green beans, followed by the water. Season with the fleur de sel (or regular salt to taste).
  4. Simmer and cover: Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the beans cook for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy: Once the beans are tender-crisp and vibrant green, they’re ready to serve. Enjoy them hot as a simple side dish that complements any main course.

Notes and Tips:

  • For an extra burst of flavor, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a splash of white wine to the pan while the beans are cooking.
  • If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
  • Green beans with garlic can be served hot or cold. They make a great addition to a lunchbox or picnic basket.

Variations:

  • Get creative with your ingredients! Try adding other vegetables, such as sliced mushrooms, chopped shallots, or even a handful of cherry tomatoes.
  • For a richer flavor, use butter instead of olive oil.
  • If you’re looking for a more substantial dish, serve the green beans over quinoa or brown rice.

No matter how you prepare them, green beans with garlic are a healthy and delicious side dish that’s sure to please everyone at the table. So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Additional tips:

  • If you’re short on time, you can blanch the green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes before adding them to the pan. This will help them cook through more quickly.
  • To make sure the garlic doesn’t burn, be sure to add it to the hot oil after it has had a chance to sizzle for a few seconds.
  • If you like your green beans extra crispy, you can cook them for an additional minute or two.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for green beans with garlic!

Happy cooking!

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I hope this blog post inspires you to try this simple and delicious recipe for green beans with garlic. With a little love and attention, you can create a side dish that’s both healthy and satisfying.

Enjoy!

String Beans with Garlic

Green Beans with Garlic

An easy and simple Green Beans with Garlic recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 119 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz string beans trimmed and washed or 2 cups of fresh string beans
  • 2 cloves garlic fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil good oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 dash fleur de sel

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over low to medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Make sure the pieces of the garlic don’t burn. Add the beans, water and salt. Stir to incorporate, lower heat and cook covered for 20 minutes. Heat must be at low setting so the beans can cook slowly. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 205mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1174IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Quick dinner, side dish, vegan
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