Green Bean Almondine

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Summary

This classic dish gets a healthy facelift by omitting the butter, oil, and other less than desirable ingredients and keeping the fiber (green beans and almonds) and adding lots of aromatics (shallots and garlic) and a little crunchy sweetness (again, almonds!). Bon appetit!

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

Ingredients

 4 qts water
 1 lb green beans (stems removed)
 ½ tsp salt (optional)
 2 medium shallots (minced)
 ¼ cup slivered almonds
 5 medium garlic cloves (minced)
 ½ cup vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)
 2 tbsp lemon juice
 ¼ tsp salt (optional)
 ground black pepper (optional) to taste
 crushed red pepper flakes (optional) to taste

Directions

1

Prepare a large bowl with ice and 1 quart of water.

2

Blanch the beans: Bring the other 3 quarts of water and ½ teaspoon of salt, if using, to a boil.

3

Add the green beans and cook for 4 minutes. They should be lightly cooked and still retain some crispness.

4

Drain the beans and immediately plunge the blanched beans into the bowl of iced water. Leave them for a few minutes.

5

Meanwhile, heat a large stovetop pan on medium-high heat. Add the shallots and slivered almonds. Cook until the shallots are translucent, about 2–3 minutes, stirring continuously.

6

Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

7

Add ½ cup vegetable broth to deglaze the pan.

8

Stir in the green beans, gently tossing to heat.

9

Add a light squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve!

Chef's Notes

Substitutions
In place of shallots use red, yellow, or white onion.

Use ¾–1 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of whole cloves.

Chop whole almonds in case you can’t find slivered.

Add more delicious nutrition
Top with nutritional yeast or your favorite plant-based parmesan.

Storage
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Ingredients

 4 qts water
 1 lb green beans (stems removed)
 ½ tsp salt (optional)
 2 medium shallots (minced)
 ¼ cup slivered almonds
 5 medium garlic cloves (minced)
 ½ cup vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)
 2 tbsp lemon juice
 ¼ tsp salt (optional)
 ground black pepper (optional) to taste
 crushed red pepper flakes (optional) to taste

Directions

1

Prepare a large bowl with ice and 1 quart of water.

2

Blanch the beans: Bring the other 3 quarts of water and ½ teaspoon of salt, if using, to a boil.

3

Add the green beans and cook for 4 minutes. They should be lightly cooked and still retain some crispness.

4

Drain the beans and immediately plunge the blanched beans into the bowl of iced water. Leave them for a few minutes.

5

Meanwhile, heat a large stovetop pan on medium-high heat. Add the shallots and slivered almonds. Cook until the shallots are translucent, about 2–3 minutes, stirring continuously.

6

Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

7

Add ½ cup vegetable broth to deglaze the pan.

8

Stir in the green beans, gently tossing to heat.

9

Add a light squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve!

Green Bean Almondine