There’s nothing like a dish of fresh green beans to brighten your meal. These are no exception. Green beans are a great source of vitamins and walnuts are especially healthy for us with protein and healthy fats. Try these beans as a side dish to any of your favorite main course meats. Frozen green beans may be used if you prefer, or it’s out of season, just let them thaw before cooking them and adjust your cooking time to about 5 minutes.
Since walnuts tend to be a cheaper alternative to some of the more “gourmet” nuts this recipe is quite affordable in it’s decadence. It’s amazing how just a few ingredients can turn a meal into something you’d expect at a 4 or 5 star restaurant. No reason NOT to treat yourself to a visually appealing meal along with great flavors.
- 1½ lbs. fresh green beans stem ends removed
- ½ C walnuts, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 shallots, sliced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Fill a large pot ⅔ full of water and add a pinch of salt.
- Place the pot over medium high heat and bring the water to a boil.
- Add the beans and cook for 15 minutes or until crisp tender.
- Drain the beans well, rinse with cold water and drain again.
- Place the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium low heat.
- Stirring often cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Place the walnuts in a bowl.
- Pour the oil into the same skillet and place it over medium low heat.
- Stir in the shallots and cook 5 minutes, stirring often, or until tender.
- Place the beans into the skillet.
- Sprinkle with the walnuts, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine.
- Cook the beans for 2 additional minutes or until heated through.
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