If you like green beans, try my garlicky lemony version-it takes them into another league!
I cook and blanch them lightly first so that they still have a bite to them, then toss them in hot olive oil flavoured with garlic paste, lemon juice and black pepper. Then they're lightly pan-fried so that the flavours are completely infused into the beans-they're absolutely amazing!
I usually serve mine as an accompaniment to a simple meal like griddled fish and a jacket potato-they just add a zing that brings the plate to life.
The beans work out to 1sp/70kcal per serving
YOU WILL NEED: (Serves 2)
170g bag trimmed fine green beans
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic puree
(See HERE for review)
juice of 1/4 of a lemon
Simply pierce the bag containing the beans in a few places and microwave for 2 minutes. Alternatively, steam or boil the beans for
2-3 minutes in a pan of boiling water
on the hob.
Tip into a colander and rinse under plenty of cold water. This stops the cooking process and keeps the beans a vibrant green colour.
Heat the oil, garlic paste, lemon juice and black pepper in a small frying pan.
Tip the drained beans into the hot garlicky, lemony oil and mix well to coat evenly.
Cook on a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes turning frequently until they just start to 'catch' in places. They still need to have a good bite to them so don't let them go soggy.
Serve as an accompaniment to your chosen main meal and wait for the zesty flavours to dance on your tongue!