My boys are not a fan of mushy vegetables – frankly who is? That is why when green beans are on the menu they are usually fresh. Something about cooler Fall nights that make me crave heartier veggies like green beans.
I purchased this bag of green beans from our local Trader Joes market. This bag is the perfect size for dinner with a few leftover to take to work as a side for lunch.
The bag says ready to use but I always give them a good rinse and snap of the ong stringy end that is often still on the bean. I also break them into more managable bite size pieces. Breaking them in half or thirds is usally enough.
Now the fun begins….
I add about 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a fry pan. Heat on medium-high heat until oil is warm, about 30 seconds or so. Next add the beans and give them a good toss. For this recipe I added salt and pepper (to taste) and about 1/8 teaspoon of the following: garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes. I also added about 1/4 teaspoon of sesame seeds and a dash of soy sauce giving the beans a bit of an Asian flair. Keep turning your beans to be sure they are all coated with seasoning then turn heat to low, cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste the beans and if they are done to your liking -serve them up, otherwise cook them a few minutes more.
These were made with soysauce and sesame seeds for an Asian flair, but you could substitute slivered almonds and some vinegar for a more french stlye of bean, or add some butter for a more traditional green bean. The possibilities are endless, so have some fun!