loaded with fiber and essential vitamins, these crisp garlicky citrus string beans are sure to impress
Sauteed string beans are a perfect go-to for a quick side dish option. String beans provide low calories, lots of fiber, which aid in digestive health and weight loss by providing the sensation of feeling fuller for a longer period of time. They are also a good source of vitamins A, C, K, B6 and folic acid which provide benefits towards healthy vision, immune system health, the important role of blood clotting, proper function of the nervous system, and the maintenance and production of new cells that may prevent changes in DNA that could lead to cancer. This blend of citrus and garlic come together for a fresh, tender yet crisp, delicious bite. Add roasted nuts like slivered almonds, walnuts, or pecans to your dish for added nutrients and healthy omega-3 fats.
Garlicky-Citrus String Beans
1 pound fresh string beans, trimmed
1 1/2 tbs olive oil
juice from half a lemon or a tangerine
1/2 tsp zest from either lemon or tangerine
3 garlic cloves, minced
garlic salt to taste
cracked black pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese for garnish *optional*
- Heat oil in a wok on high heat. Then reduce heat to medium before string beans are added.
- Add string beans and citrus juice with zest (from lemon or tangerine). Cover the wok and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the 5 minute mark add minced garlic. Cook for another 5 minutes, still stirring occasionally.
- After the full 10 minutes the string beans should be tenderized yet still crisp. Add garlic salt and cracked black pepper to taste. Stir.
- Add to serving plate, garnish with parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!
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