Green beans are packed with Vitamin C and fiber. This is a great recipe for anytime of the year and it's simple and quick to make. It’s a great side dish for back yard barbecues or formal dinners. Try to buy organic produce when you can to reduce your exposure to pesticides.
1 pound of fresh green beans
1/2 cup of filtered water
1/4 – 1/3 cup of olive oil (depending on your personal taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse green beans well, cut off the tips/strings at each end of each bean, or buy fresh green beans (prepackaged) with the tips cut. If the beans are long, cut each bean in half. If they are not, they don’t need to be cut. Place beans in a large (12 inch) saute/fry pan, add the filtered water to just cover the beans. Place a lid on the pan and cook at a low heat for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to get the beans softened but not overcooked to maintain higher levels of Vitamin C.
Drain most of the water out of the pan then add the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place on a low to medium heat and gently stir fry the beans. *Remember that when cooking with olive oil you cannot use high heats due to its low “smoke point,” High heat also leaches out some of the healthful qualities of olive oil. Maintain a low to medium heat, to prevent smoking of the oil. You want the beans to brown slightly and evenly, so stir as needed until they have reached your desired state. The browning process may take approximately 10 minutes.
This can be served as a side dish to a roast or barbecued meats and provides approximately 3 – 4 servings. Enjoy! (Photo by: commons.wikimedia.org)