An easy low carb side of crisp-tender green beans coated in a simple sauce of butter, lemon juice and toasted almonds.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 5minutes
Total Time 15minutes
1poundtrimmed green beans
1/4cupflaked or slivered almonds
salt and pepper to taste
Optional (either, not both)
Preparation: Wash and trim the green beans, cutting on the bias (at an angle) for a pleasing look. If using garlic or shallots, mince. Roll the lemon on the counter to make squeezing easier.
Beans: (microwave) Place the green beans into a microwave safe dish with 1-2 tablespoons of water and cover with cling wrap. Microwave for 2-3 minutes until almost crisp-tender; the time will depend on your microwave. Drain the water and stir. Leave uncovered to release steam.
(traditional method) Bring a pot of water to the boil and have a large bowl of ice water standing by. When water is boiling, add the green beans and cook until crisp-tender and bright green. Drain the beans and plunge immediately into the ice water to stop cooking. Drain and dry them a bit.
Place a large saute pan over medium heat and add the butter and almonds. Cook until the almonds just begin to brown. (If using shallots or garlic, add now and stir until fragrant.) Immediately add the green beans and stir to coat in the butter. Warm the beans all of the way through, then squeeze the lemon juice over all. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Green Beans Almondine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.