Generally, even the pickiest eater will like green beans. They are a safe side dish when you are trying to please everyone. This version of green beans is super simple and looks fancy enough to serve at a formal dinner party or for a weeknight dinner.
I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this recipe on my own. I was given this idea by a friend….. Jason Becker. My husband Lee and I met Jason and his lovely wife Stasha while we lived in England. Jason is the chef in the Becker household and according to Stasha, I understand that he is quite the connoisseur of food and enjoys cooking for his family. (My husband doesn’t feel that way.) 🙂
By the way…. Stasha has an amazing blog Northwest Mommy where she post beautiful photos that she takes of their son Julian and the two family dogs, Max and Bruce, all with the beautiful Pacific Northwest Landscape as a backdrop.
Jason, Stasha, Lee and myself were at a Thanksgiving gathering where everyone brought a dish to serve with the turkey and dressing. As a rule, people usually bring side dishes such as, heavy-fat green bean casseroles, mac and cheese or sugar-filled congealed salads. Jason however, brought to the Thanksgiving meal these wonderfully healthy and flavorful green beans. I was pleasantly surprised. I fell in love with these green beans and I have been serving them in our home since that time.
This side dish is unbelievably quick. Olive oil, garlic, green beans, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper makes for a delicious combination of flavors and very simple. Even if you don’t consider yourself good in the kitchen….. you can handle this. Serve with a grass fed steak, grilled chicken or salmon or on top of quinoa pasta with a smidge of high quality grated parmesan cheese.
Give these green beans a try the next time you need a quick and simple side dish. Happy Saturday!
|Italian Style Green Beans|| |
- 1-2 Tbsp. of organic extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1-2 Tbsp. of water
- Organic green beans, enough to fill a sauté pan, trimmed (I like to use French green beans, Haricot Verts)
- 1½ cups of chopped tomatoes (I use Pomi brand)
- Real Salt or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add crushed garlic and brown slightly, stirring and making sure to not burn the garlic.
- Place green beans in the sauté pan and toss to coat with oil and garlic.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add water to pan.
- Cover pan lightly with foil and allow beans to steam a bit. Checking often and stirring. Allow to cook for approximately 5-8 minutes until tender crisp.
- Pour in tomatoes and heat through, approximately 1-2 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.