A Recipe to Share: Green Beans

I found this recipe the other day while preparing for my dad’s birthday dinner and was really excited to try it. The rest of the meal was pretty basic– I was simply baking chicken in an Italian marinade and roasting some red potatoes.

Dad had mentioned that he wanted green beans, but with the simplicity of the menu, I wanted to see if I could find something a little different to bring some flavor into the meal, while still appealing to the birthday boy’s taste buds. I had never worked with fresh green beans before, but I really loved it. The trimming process is completely worth it (read: inexpensive, uncomplicated AND healthy upgrade) when you taste the difference of fresh green beans. If you’re a green bean lover, you should definitely try this recipe. If you find green beans boring, you should also try this recipe. It’s easy and brings a lot of flavor.

If you decide to try this out, let me know what you think!

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes:

ImageIngredients Needed:
1 1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
1 1/2 c water (or as much as you would use to boil the beans in)
1/4 c butter
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp basil
2 c cherry tomato halves

Directions:

1. Wash, trim and cut your green beans.
2. Put your beans and water in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. After they come to a boil, change the heat setting to low and simmer until tender (approximately 10 minutes). Drain the beans and set aside.
3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heaet. Stir in sugar, garlic salt, pepper, and basil. Add tomatoes (remember- halves bring the most flavor) and cook, stirring gently until soft. 4. Pour tomato mixture over green beans and toss gently. (Alternative: Just as the tomatoes softened, I added the green beans to the skillet to re-warm them. This tossed them with the mixture, too!)
5. Serve 🙂

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