Garlicky Green Beans

A tasty alternative to plain old green beens.

June 17, 2011

Don't be concerned about the amount of garlic used here. Boiling mellows and sweetens its sharp flavor.

Serves: 4
Prep: 17 min
Cook: 18 min
Total: 35 min


  • 6 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a small bowl.
  2. Add the beans to the water. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the beans are crisp-tender. Drain and return the beans to the pot.
  3. Mash the garlic with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice, oil, and pepper. Pour over the beans and toss to coat.

Recipe Tips
To easily remove the skin from a clove of garlic, cut the root end off and firmly press (or carefully smash) the flat side of a wide knife blade down on the clove. The skin will loosen and the clove will easily slip out.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories 54.4 cal
Fat 1.3 g
Saturated fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 7.7 mg
Carbohydrates 10.3 g
Total sugars 1.8 g
Dietary fiber 4 g
Protein 2.4 g

This recipe is courtesy of the Rodale Recipe Finder.

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