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Monday, April 28, 2014

Honey-Orange Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts

You don’t need a microwave oven to put a fast side dish on the table. Easy, simple sides can be as fresh and healthful as they are easy and simple. This recipe is an example.

Snap fresh green beans in half, simmer a few minutes in a flavorful broth of orange juice and honey, toss with nutritious walnuts and a little melted butter, and you’re done. Remember that the beans should be served crisp-tender, not mushy, so cooking them takes very little time.

Citrusy, sweet, buttery, nutty—a tasty combination without any fuss.

Tip: Break the walnuts into small pieces and place them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Keep an eye on them and shake the pan several times to prevent burning. Two to three minutes is all it takes.

Toast Nuts in a Dry Skillet
Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 8-9 oz green beans, snapped in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Green Bean Ingredients
  1. Combine the orange juice and honey in a shallow pan or skillet, stirring until the honey dissolves. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the green beans and cook until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Toss with the walnuts and melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Beans Beginning to Cook 
Cooked Beans
Serve right away.

Honey-Orange Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts

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