TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 83 calories, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 0 fat.


  1. Place beans in a small saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute shallots in oil until tender. Stir in the sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Drain beans and add to skillet. Add basil and lemon peel; toss to coat. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Shallot & Basil Green Beans in Reminisce December/January 2012, p52

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