Green Beans Almondine

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! I hope everyone is having a stellar start to their day today. I went for a super speedy 5 mile run this morning and it felt GREAT. It was one of those good ones where you feel fantastic from start to finish, and you really go for it. It’s a good feeling to be able to step on the gas when you hear a power song on your playlist! This morning brought perfect run conditions for me: dark (stars were out!), quiet (it was 5 am), prime temperature (55Β°F / 13Β°C) and I was feeling really zippy. All around awesome, and a great way to start the second half of my week! Booyah!

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It was still pretty dark when I finished my run around 6 am.

Two nights ago I made this super simple, yet extremely delicious side dish. My mom sent me home from Rochester with Ang’s sauce (translation: the secret family recipe of marinara sauce), and I made this dish to accompany the luscious and comforting tomato sauce. I bought a boatload of fresh, snappy green beans at a local farm stand, and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare them. The best part? There are three ingredients, and it takes only about 15 – 20 minutes to whip this up. πŸ˜‰

Green Beans Almondine

Ingredients

  • Green beans (~1 lb)
  • 4 oz slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance

Directions

  1. Cut the ends off your green beans and chop them in half. Steam green beans for 3 minutes (you want the green beans to still be firm and slightly crunchy). Once steamed, transfer your green beans to a plate or bowl and set aside.

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    The green beans after steaming.

  2. Over medium-high heat, add the Earth Balance. Once the butter has melted, add the slivered almonds. While continuously stirring (otherwise these suckers will brown), cook the almonds until fragrant and lightly golden, 1 – 2 minutes.

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    Right after adding the slivered almonds to the hot (vegan) butter.

  3. Add the steamed green beans to the pan, cook for 1 – 2 minutes, until the almonds are golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy! πŸ˜€
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The finished product. πŸ˜‰

I hadn’t eaten this dish for awhile, so when I got my first bite, it was a big “Mmmmm!” moment. This dish is really, really good. Even though it’s simple, your family/friends/dinner party guests will be uber impressed by the big flavor impact. The toasted almonds really give a nice foil to the crunchy texture of the green beans. YUM. Also, you can feel really good about eating this dish, since green beans are full of phytonutrients and good things for you! In addition to conventional antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, green beans contain important amounts of the antioxidant mineral manganese. However, the area where green beans really shine is through in their antioxidant value. Green beans contain a wide variety of carotenoids (including lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin) and flavonoids (including quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins) that have all been shown to have health-supportive antioxidant properties. The overall antioxidant capacity of green beans has been measured in several research studies, and in one study, green beans were shown to have greater overall antioxidant capacity than similar foods in the pea and bean families (for example, snow peas or winged beans). Woo! Go green beans!

I hope that you guys enjoy this dish as much as I did. Happy Hump Day, everyone! πŸ™‚

With warmth,

L

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