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Citrus Green Beans

The great citrus flavor in this side dish really perks up green beans. Try using lemon peel, or a combination of orange and lemon, too.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • Dash salt and pepper


  • Place green beans in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Transfer beans to a small bowl. Add the oil, zest, salt and pepper; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 44 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • annrms
    Sep 24, 2016

    Deliciously light and flavorful. Kept the beans al dente and added just a touch more black pepper.... It's a keeper!

  • JMartinelli13
    Aug 5, 2015

    I was already grilling chicken, so I made the green beans packet style. I used the orange zest, 2t olive oil, plus the juice from half the orange, salt & pepper. I put them on while the grill preheated, and they were just a tiny bit squeaky. Next time I may give them a 1 minute start in the microwave.