Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2 Minute French Green Beans

When dinner is ready and you still need a green veg on the side, this is your dish!

I try to keep these fresh french green beans on hand all the time. They're quick, easy, and delicious with or without any extras. Most groceries stock them near the fresh bagged vegetables, often with the type that can be steamed in the bag. And that's exactly what you can do with these, we just usually need a serving or two instead of an entire bag.

Although these are labeled as "trimmed" (and I'm putting that in quotes because they're not), it's only the stem end that's trimmed and I like to get rid of the other end too. The easiest way to do this is to trim up a handful at a time with kitchen shears. And if you're not using kitchen shears, try a pair! get the type that come apart in the middle so you can throw them in the dishwasher. I have at least 4 pair in my kitchen because I use them constantly to cut up raw meats, trim vegetables, open bags, clip flower stems...you'll find endless uses for these.

A quick way to judge how to end up with a single 1/2 cup serving after they're cut is like this. That's about a 2-1/2" diameter handful.

And don't put down your shears yet! Cut through the whole handful of beans in one or two inch lengths for bite size pieces.

Now into the bowl, top it with stretch wrap and give it 2 minutes* in the wave. They'll be perfectly done, no need for water or anything else. OK, spritz with a bit of I Can't Believe it's Not Butter if you're not the vegetable purist!

*For 3-4 Servings they'll need about 4 minutes wave time.

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