Roasted Green Beans with Garlic
This roasted green bean recipe can be a flavorful replacement for the traditional, high fat green bean casserole side dish. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve made this dish a few times and it’s fast becoming a favorite in the Healthy Midlife kitchen. It bursts with crunchy garlic flavor, while the parmesan cheese creates a textural counter balance to the pungent herbal taste. The lemon zest also comes through, adding life to the typically plain tasting green bean.
Recipe: Roasted Green Beans with Garlic
- 1lb fresh green beans, rinsed well, ends trimmed
- 8 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup + 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Chopped basil to taste
- Chopped cilantro to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put beans in large mixing bowl. Peel garlic and slice thinly lengthwise. Add garlic to green beans. Toss together with ¼ cup olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
- Spread on baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
- Stir and return to oven for another 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, toast pine nuts over low heat until lightly browned.
- Transfer beans to small serving platter, add lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese, pine nuts and chopped herbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
Quick Nutrition Bites
Green beans are high in fiber and, with a high anti-oxidant content, are good for strengthening our immune system. They also are a great source for vitamin C and B.
As an anti-inflammatory food, Garlic has been promoted as a powerful protector against cancers, including breast, prostate and colon. This pungent herb is high in hydrogen sulfide, which could protect the heart. Many experts tout the herbs antibacterial and antiviral features that can prevent or shorten the duration of infections.
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