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green beans almondine

Green Beans Almondine

As a kid green beans were my favorite vegetable but now as an adult I love to prepare the fancier version, green beans almondine.  

Admittedly I’ve had them frozen, from the can, cut, and french style.   However, over the years I’ve come to appreciate buying whole fresh green beans.  There is something very therapeutic about snipping the end before cooking.  It also reminds me of when my Great Grandmother would snap them while sitting in front of tv watching her soap operas.  But the biggest difference is back then they were often over cooked.  Now I prefer them with a little snap and you can achieve that through blanching them in boiling water or chicken broth for 6-7 minutes.  

Green beans grow in two ways.  On the bush which produces a lot of beans all at once or on the vine which will need a trellis to climb.   And growing green beans is easy, so if you’re a beginning gardener looking for first crop ideas, this vegetable gets a big thumbs up.  Furthermore they’re a great source for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folate (aka Vitamin B9).  Folate is one of those vitamins we need to make red and white blood cells in bone marrow. Finally, I’ll have to say this green beans almondine recipe is a grown up version of green beans that will definitely put a smile on your face.

Now if you want to stick with the more traditional green bean recipe, do check out my keto green bean casserole

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Green Beans Almondine

  • Author: Andie Cumber
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Keto

Ingredients

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1 lb whole fresh green beans
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup raw sliced almonds
2 medium shallots
2 medium garlic cloves minced
Zest of one small lemon
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring the chicken broth or water to a boil in a pot
  • Add the green beans to the chicken broth and blanch for 6-7 minutes.  
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet until it bubbles, add the sliced almonds and saute until golden brown.  
  • Reduce the heat to low then add the garlic and shallots and saute until tender and caramelized
  • Mix in the green beans and toss until evenly combined with the almonds.  Toss in the lemon zest and juice. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 108
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 309mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg

Keywords: green beans, green beans almondine, side dish