The snap of the fresh bean, the smell of the garlic, the sound of the sizzle in the cast iron skillet. Oh how nothing is as irresistible as an easy, delicious green beans recipe with slivered almonds. Such a quick snack and can be flavored so many ways. Flexibility and versatility is the name of the game around here!
Simple, nutritious snacks are important especially with limitations of food allergies, sensitivities and plain old I don’t have alot of time to think of something new and still want to be healthy. This easy, delicious green beans recipe can quickly become a new go to snack.
To me, the trimming of the green beans or chopping veggies is a relaxing task that I enjoy doing. Not sure what it is about the board and knife and slicing and dicing veggies into their snackable shapes, I can’t be the only one that enjoys cutting vegetables, right?
What do they “bring to the table?”
One of my favorite sayings is that we should not be talking about “good” and “bad” foods or “healthy and unhealthy” but let’s talk about what benefit a food gives you. What’s it good for? Is it going to give me the nutrients I need or is it going to give me preservatives?
As much as I enjoy cutting up my veggies, I also love talking nutrition. Green beans are an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, and folate! Pregnant mamas to be, here’s another veggie to add into your rotation to get that folate.
Folate is important to help prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. Vitamin C is more than a vitamin. It’s an antioxidant that’s important for your immune system health. Although cooking the beans will reduce their Vitamin C content a little bit. Vitamin A is also important for immune health and most notably is beneficial due to the retinoids for eye health.
Green beans are also a source of minerals. They have manganese, important for bones health and metabolism, calcium. Calcium, important for bone, heart health. Iron for red blood cell health to prevent anemia. Magnesium for your muscles, heart. Phosphorus for bone health. And more.
Grab a bag from the store year round or a fresher bunch from the farmers market (most easily available May-October). Whether shopping at the store or a farmers market, try to choose ones that are bright, firm, and blemish free. They will have the best nutritional value when eaten as close to being picked as possible.
Delicious Sauteed Green Beans
- cast iron skillet (or pan)
- 1 Bag Green Beans
- 2 Tbsp Oil (Use oil allowed based on MRT; I use Avocado oil)
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
- 1 Pinch Salt (I prefer iodized)
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- Prepare green beans. Wash and trim ends.
- Warm skillet on stove on medium heat. Add oil. *Use caution when using oil in pan, protect your skin from jumping oil*
- Add green beans to skillet. Toss in garlic, salt, and almonds. Mix to evenly coat beans.
- Saute on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until reaching your desired tenderness.
- Serve and enjoy.
Enjoy! They really are easy and delicious.