This easy green bean recipe from Real Simple Magazine was a hit with the family this Christmas dinner. I don’t know if it was the pretty Christmas colors in the dish, or the combination of ingredients, but these beans provided a nice balance for heavier foods like the stuffing and mashed potatoes.
I bought tender young green beans from Costco, toasted the walnuts, and added sweet dried cranberries. Who wouldn’t like that as a tasty side dish?
- 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted mixed nuts, (I used walnuts) roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the green beans and
- cook until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the oil, nuts, and cranberries.
- Drain the green beans and transfer them to the bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Green beans are high in vitamins K, A, and C, as well as manganese and fiber. Vitamin K is important for bone health, and a serving of green beans provides your daily requirements for this crucial vitamin. They also provide protection against atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce the symptoms of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Calories 119; Calories From Fat 60%; Fat 8g; Sat Fat 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 306mg; Carbohydrate 11g; Fiber 4g; Protein 3g, Weight Watchers Points 2
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.