Nutty Green Beans
Snow peas or string beans can be substituted for green beans, and certainly any type of nut may be included here, too.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 15–20
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Pepper to taste
- 2 large (1-pound) bags fresh green beans, cleaned and sliced in half
- 1/4 cup light soy sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 to 3 cups almonds and pecans, chopped and toasted
Preheat oven to 300°F.
In a medium skillet, spray cooking spray, and sauté onions on medium heat, until translucent.
Add garlic slices and continue to cook. Cook for 5 minutes; add pepper.
Using the microwave, place green beans in microwaveable-safe dish, and cook approximately 8 to 10 minutes, until beans are al dente.
Add green beans to frying pan with olive oil, onions and garlic. Add soy sauce and mix well. Place in a casserole dish.
Separately toast nuts for 5 to 6 minutes in a toaster oven.
Sprinkle nuts on top of casserole.
Bake for 15 minutes, uncovered.
Years ago, health professionals suggested avoiding large handfuls of nuts— they were very high in fat, and quite high in calories. Though a good source of fiber and protein, nuts do have a lot of calories. That being said, nuts are back on the “eat them” list—just eat them about 12 cashews at a time. Nuts are rich in marvelous monounsaturated fats, wonderful for heart disease prevention.