Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest
I love these super easy and delicious Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest, and I’ve made this many times for dinner guests. And these tasty green beans are low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo, Whole 30, vegan, and South Beach Diet Phase One.
If you have a garden that’s producing green beans, I enthusiastically advise that you bookmark this recipe for Lemony Green Beans Recipe 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 it, 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!
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.
Lemony Green Beans (Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest)
(Makes 3-4 side dish servings, recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers.)
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.
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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This is 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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(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
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Chinese Style Green Beans from Cooking with Amy
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