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Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts

May 12, 2014

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5 from 1 vote

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Happy Day After Mother’s Day! I hope everyone had a lovely day with family, friends, and hopefully some great food!

This green bean recipe is definitely one of my “It’s dinner time and I haven’t thought about what to make yet” vegetables. Chris and I often pair it with crispy gnocchi or pizza but for me it works with anything carb-y or anything heavy or anything you like really 🙂

 

Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts - 2Teaspoons

 

At one time in his life, I had a friend who did not like to eat anything green.

I didn’t understand how this could be possible, so I made him these green beans, and now?

You guessed it — green beans for the win!

 

Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts - 2Teaspoons

 

Green bean season is just beginning and the green beans are fresh and snappy. I love getting them at the local farmers market. . . sometimes I even get to try one right there 🙂

 

Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts - 2Teaspoons

 

Fresh beans from the grocery store are delicious too. My favorites are the haricot verts (French for “green bean”, crazy right?) They are cute and delicious — never stringy. They’re especially great if you cut the tips off. I’ve been getting mine at Trader Joe’s for years, but I’ve been starting to see them at other grocery stores too. Whatever you decide, I highly recommend fresh green beans over frozen or canned. You’ll taste the difference. Trust me.

 

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I top these green beans with toasted pine nuts, sautéed garlic, and bright tangy lemon juice. The pine nuts really give this dish a creamy, slightly crunchy texture, while the garlic and lemon adds a tangy burst of flavor.

 

Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts - 2Teaspoons

 

I often finish the green beans with a quick sprinkle of shredded parmesan or other hard cheese. (If you shop at Trader Joe’s, you have to try the Syrah soaked toscano – it grates like a parmesan, but is a little softer and has a deliciously salty, rich flavor. This is not a sponsored post but oh my god it’s an amazing cheese 🙂 ).

 

Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts - 2Teaspoons

 


Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts

5 from 1 vote
Green beans with toasted pine nuts, sautéed garlic, and bright tangy lemon juice
Servings 2 -4
Author 2Teaspoons

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 16 ounces green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ounce pine nuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: grated cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Toss green beans with olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the green beans are baking, sauté garlic in a non-stick or slightly greased skillet on low heat until soft and slightly brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside. In the same skillet turn the heat up to medium and toast pine nuts until slightly brown, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. When green beans are done toss with lemon juice, and top with garlic, pinenuts and optional cheese. Serve immediately.

 


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  1. Avatar for Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I need this for dinner sometime soon! Looks great!


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Hi Pamela!
      Thank you so much! I definitely highly recommend these for dinner. They are super easy and super delicious. In fact, I just made them again for dinner last night 🙂


  2. Avatar for Allison @ Clean Wellness

    Allison @ Clean Wellness

    I’ve never roasted green beans before but I’m pretty sure I need to! I didn’t even know this was possible. My enthusiasm for green beans has been restored! 🙂


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Hi Allison!
      I’m so happy to hear your enthusiasm for green beans has been restored! I absolutely love roasting them and I highly recommend it. I used to sauté them in a pan on the stove, but find that roasting them is so much easier and super delicious. You get to just put them in the oven and (almost!) forget about them…no stirring on the stove required 🙂 Definitely let me know what you think if you get a chance to give them a try!


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    Chris

    Hi Karen!

    These green beans look amazing! I love the bright colors in the post — I’ve never seen a bean look so light and fresh!


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Thanks Chris! The lemon really brings the light and fresh spring/summer flavor out in this recipe 🙂


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