Monday, November 21, 2011

Fancy Green Bean Almond Saute

Happy Monday!  Or maybe not so much. I hope everyone has a great couple of days before the holiday officially kicks off.  I certainly cannot wait and wish that these days fly by.  I am ready for some turkey.

I made these green beans for a side dish for our mini, quickie Thanksgiving meal a couple of weeks ago. As I already mentioned I cannot stand green bean casserole. It makes its appearance every year at the table because everyone else seems to love it.  Yuck, yuck and yuck.   This little dish is my idea of the perfect green bean side.

Saute Green Beans
1 lb green beans, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, mashed and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cracked pepper
3 Tbsp chopped almonds

In a sauce pan, place all ingredients except almonds.  Turn on medium heat with lid.  Shake pan every 2 minutes till green beans are just turning soft, about 8 minutes.  Add in almonds and mix by shaking pan.  Cook for about 4 more minutes.

I adding onions from the turkey pan for some extra flavoring.  It was delicious!

Now, you may know that I am not a patient person.  This time of year is particular hard for me since I love getting presents - receiving and giving.  If I know a person is shopping for me, I instantly want to know what I am going to get.  I love presents.  The same can be said once I get a gift for someone else.  I shop pretty much all year round and it takes all of my might not to spill the beans about what I found. It takes even more effort not to just hand over the gift.  I am telling you this time of year is hard on me. Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, I have a really good giveaway coming up December 1st and I just cannot wait to tell you about it.  So make sure you pay a visit on December 1st.


  1. I hate the green bean casserole too and lucky me, hubby does too!
    This year we planing on roasting some green beans. Your idea of sauteing them sounds delicious too!

  2. I'm not a fan of green bean casserole...this looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. This does make for a great side dish. Sauteing keeps a lot of the healthy nutrients in the beans much better than the stovetop boiling method. This recipe is a keeper-delicious.

  4. This is a wonderful alternative to the traditional casserole. It is so much prettier than that cream of mushroom clad other stiff.

  5. I love sauteed green beans, and almonds go so well with them! :)

  6. I'm not a fan of green bean casseroles either, so I'll stick with your version. Love the addition of almonds!

  7. I would much rather eat your green beans over the creamy, heavy classic casserole. These look like they have great flavor!


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