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Lemony Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

A friend of mine invited my husband and I to dinner at her house and she served these green beans. They were so simple, but yet so amazingly good, I asked her for the recipe and made them for Thanksgiving. They were a hit!

If you are a traditionalist and just have to have green beans for your holiday dinner, this is a great one that is delicious and guilt-free. What's great about it is that you don't need to use your already full oven and it's super quick, so you can just throw this on the stove right before dinner is served. Of course, this recipe is awesome any time of the year!

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Servings: 4 (you will definitely need to upsize this if you are preparing this dish for a potluck)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 7 minutes

Level: Beginner


1 pound green beans - buy them already trimmed to save you time

1 Tbsp butter

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 lemon rind, grated (optional)

2oz package of sliced almonds (if you can find them already toasted, this will save you time)

Salt and pepper to taste


If your almonds are not already toasted, toast them in a medium skillet (that you will use for the green beans) over medium heat (be careful because they can burn quickly). Remove them from the skillet, add the green beans and a little water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan, reduce heat and let them steam for around 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit covered until firm, but tender. DO NOT LET THEM OVER COOK! Better to err on the side of undercooking because they will continue to cook a little afterwards. They should be soft, but still slightly crisp. Strain the water in a colander and leave the beans in it. Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter. Add the lemon juice, then add the beans to the lemon butter and coat well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the beans in a serving plate, top with almonds and lemon zest (if using). Enjoy!


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