Green beans taste terrific all by themselves, but my mom has managed to improve on Mother Nature! She adds mushrooms, celery and crisp slivered almonds to dress up the popular green vegetable.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."
Garlic-Almond Green Beans is her family’s favorite way to eat this popular vegetable, writes Genny Monchamp from Redding, California. “The beans stay so bright and crisp. To speed things up even more, you could use frozen green beans instead of fresh.”
From Jackson, Mississippi, Lucy Banks writes, "I came across this recipe in a cookbook from France. Every time I serve it, people want to know what gives the green beans their unique flavor. It's the rosemary, of course!"
A touch of lemon juice gives a fresh taste to this simple side dish from Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "Slivered almonds look so pretty with the French-style green beans, and they add a tasty crunch, too," she notes.
“I came up with this easy recipe one night, and I’ve made it several times since then. The sauce is not only yummy on green beans but also on frozen broccoli,” says field editor Barbara Carlucci of Orange Park, Florida.
Rosemary and basil complement green beans, celery and onion in this savory side dish from Ruth Andrewson of Peck, Idaho. "My mother always cooked with fresh herbs from her garden," she writes. "Now I find myself doing the same."