Sautéed Green Beans is probably one of the simplest and healthiest recipes you’ll find on this site. It goes great with a lot of entrees (especially baked fish) and is of course delicious.
From helping prevent many types of disease to supporting the health of your digestive system, green beans nutrition is a dynamic fighter to add to your healing diet because green beans are some of the best high-antioxidant foods on the planet. One of the factors that make green beans so good for your health is the level of starch and fiber. Instead of being totally processed right away by your digestive system, some nutrients in green beans are absorbed and continue to have great impact on your health, long after the rest of the bean has been digested and expelled. (Source: https://draxe.com/green-beans-nutrition/)
Green beans (also called ‘string beans’), are extremely common and can be found at your grocery store year-round. The term “string bean” comes from the preparation routine that involves removing a stringy piece of fiber from the back of each bean before cooking. Many newer strains of green beans don’t actually have a string anymore, and the only preparation required is snapping off the ends. Choose beans that are a rich green color and do not have any blemishes or spots. Before cooking, it is always good to wash them thoroughly to get rid of any chemical residue (unless you buy organic, which is definitely better).
The only tricky part with this recipe is softening the beans. It’s important not to cook the beans too much- you don’t want to lose the nutritional value and you don’t want them too soft. I generally cut the beans in half after washing and snipping them and then steam them in a rice cooker for about 10 to 12 minutes. I like garlic diced rather than crushed, so I would recommend a simple and inexpensive gadget like the ‘Internet’s Best Garlic Dicer and Slicer’. Just sauté diced garlic for a couple of minutes (or till they turn slightly brown), add the beans, salt and cook for about 5 minutes. It’s really that simple. Total cook time under 20 minutes.
Green beans are very high in fiber and they also contribute some of your daily protein. Green beans are also a good source for vitamins like A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. Garlic is high in a sulfur compound called Allicin, which is believed to bring most of the health benefits. This recipe is very lightly cooked in just a teaspoon of oil and helps retain most of the nutrients.
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Sautéed Green Beans
- 1/4 Pound Green Beans
- 1/8 Cup Garlic Peeled, Minced
- 1 Pinch Sea Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- Gather ingredients in separate bowls; steam beans in a rice cooker for about 10 to 12 minutes to soften them
- Heat oil in pan and sautée garlic for a minute; add beans and sautee for about 5 minutes, add salt, mix well and transfer to serving dish
- Serve with baked fish and potatoes