Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest
Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest are one of my favorite green bean recipes, and I’ve made this many times for dinner guests. And these tasty green beans are low-carb, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use Green Beans to find more recipes like this one.
If you have a garden that’s producing green beans, I enthusiastically advise that you PIN or bookmark this recipe for Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest and make it over and over again. I didn’t even have garden beans when I first tried the recipe, but I made it three times with the French green beans that come from Costco.
In fact, the first time I made these Lemony Green Beans, I ended up eating a whole pound of green beans myself and calling it lunch! Thanks to Cheap Healthy Good for inspiring me to buy Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers, which is where I found this idea for my new favorite way to cook green beans!
Easy Instructions for Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest:
(This is just a summary; scroll down for complete recipe.)
- Trim both ends of the beans. I do this by taking a handful of beans, standing them up in my hand, then letting them fall down on to the cutting board, which lines up the ends.
- Bring salt and water to boil in a small saucepan, then cook the beans for about 5 minutes, or until they’re barely tender-crisp.
- While beans cook, zest and squeeze the juice of one lemon. (I used all the juice, but I like things really lemony.)
- Drain beans in a colander placed in the sink.
- Heat the olive oil in the same pan you cooked the beans in, then add the beans, pour over the lemon juice, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and cook about 1 minute (just long enough to get the beans infused with lemon flavor.)
- Put beans on a serving dish and sprinkle with lemon zest. Serve hot.
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Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 lb. fresh green beans, both ends trimmed
- one large lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)
- 1 1/2 T olive oil
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Trim both ends of green beans. (I do this taking a handful of beans, standing them up in my hand, then letting them fall down on to the cutting board, which lines up the ends. Then trim that end and repeat with the other end.)
- Fill a medium-sized saucepan half full with water, add salt, and bring to a boil.
- When water boils, add beans, reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook beans about 5 minutes, or until they are barely tender-crisp.
- While beans cook, grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the lemon.
- When beans are tender-crisp, drain into a colander placed in the sink.
- Return pan to stove and heat the olive oil.
- When the oil is hot, add the beans, pour over the lemon juice, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and cook beans for about 1 minute, stirring a few times. (Cook beans just long enough to get them infused with lemon flavor.)
- Put beans on serving platter, then sprinkle with lemon zest.
- Serve hot.
Recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 734mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest are a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other type of low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, and the recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, Whole 30, and Paleo.
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