Weekend fun with green beans

Wow, I can’t believe how time flies.  I wanted to post something weekly here, and I’ve admittedly had trouble getting around to doing that.  But, I’m going to start today!  Yay!

We had a great time here in Santa Barbara over the weekend.  The weather was on the warm side, but absolutely stellar.  Everyone seemed to be out; State Street was crowded, the beaches were active, and so many sailboats were out of the harbor enjoying life in this beautiful oasis.

Saturday night I cooked some great food for the Yogalicious group.  It seemed like everyone enjoyed it too, because there wasn’t a drop of food left!  I thought I would share with you one of the recipes.

I will admit, French green beans can be a little on the dull side, if not cooked properly.  Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had over-cooked green beans?  Pretty gross. Well, I have a wonderful, healthy  vegan recipe to share!  It’s fast and easy!  Try it, you’ll LOVE IT!

Vegan French Green Beans with Shallots, Garlic and Sliced Almonds

Ingredients:

1 pound organic French green beans (rinsed & trimmed)

3 shallots finely diced

3 garlic crushed garlic cloves

1 package of fresh Thyme (rinsed and finely chopped)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 bag raw sliced almonds (Trader Joe’s has great deals on these)

1/4 teaspoon celtic salt

Pepper to taste

Let’s Get Started!

Take the trimmed rinsed green beans and boil them in salted water for ONLY 5 minutes.  This is just a pre-cook, so make sure  you don’t cook these too long.  Drain them and set them aside.

In a non-stick skillet, roast the almonds until lightly brown.  You don’t have to use butter or oil for this, but you do need to stir them frequently to prevent burning.  You can use an olive oil spray to lightly coat them.  Once browned, set them aside.  In the same pan, place the olive oil, shallots, the garlic and the thyme and saute until softened.  Add the green beans and almonds, salt and pepper.  Saute for about 2 minutes, until everything is coated and mixed, remove from the pan and serve!

This is a great side dish to add to a wonderful main course.

 

Brittany resides in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, and may be contacted for events, private parties, weddings, cooking classes, and craft and catering services via her website: 

TASTE…and See

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