This is by far the best green bean recipe I have ever tried. It has the most amazing flavor! The green bean is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including carotenoids. Most green beans are grown in the United States, and are very easy to grow in your backyard in most climates. Enjoy!
1 tablespoon butter or alternative, softened
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound green beans, stem ends snapped off, beans cut into 2 inch pieces
Table salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
Combine butter, garlic and thyme in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until just smoking.
Add beans, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until spotty brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add water, cover, and cook until beans are bright green and still crisp, about 2 minutes.
Remove cover, increase heat to high, and cook until water evaporates, 30 to 60 seconds.
Add butter mixture and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until beans are crisp-tender, lightly browned, and beginning to wrinkle, 1 to 3 minutes longer.
Transfer beans to serving bowl, toss with lemon juice and parsley; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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