FRENCH BEANS WITH ROASTED ALMONDS

I had been boiling green beans for years the way my mother did, but there is nothing worse than how they look when they are done not to mention the loss of nutrients.  This is why the only way I prepare my green beans now is by steaming them.  They taste completely different and they’re bright and beautiful!

How to select fresh green beans?  Green beans are fresh when they are firm and hold their shape.  Give the green bean the bend test … if the green bean snaps easily it is fresh.

There are so many varieties of green beans, but my favourite is the organic French bean. They are a smaller and slimmer bean and taste, in my opinion, much sweeter.  I don’t cut off both ends of each bean … only the tops leave the tails.

I love serving my green beans with roasted almond slivers and breadcrumbs.  It gives an added texture to this simple dish and looks fancy too!

I make my own breadcrumbs by placing bread slices (on a cookie sheet) in the oven at 350F until they are golden.  This process takes approximately 15 minutes, turning them periodically to brown on the other side.  After taking them out of the oven I let them cool and harden and then I chop them and put them through the food processor.  The breadcrumbs taste completely different done this way.  I can’t explain it, but they definitely add more flavour to any dish.

Preheat oven to 400F

Spread almond slivers on lined parchment paper.  Bake for approximately 3 – 4 minutes.  Keep an eye on them as they burn easily!

In the meantime, steam French beans in steamer.  Make sure you toss them  periodically during the steaming process so the beans steam evenly.  Steaming will take approximately 12 – 14 minutes.  Beans should be fork tender.

Remove from steamer and set aside.  Discard water from steamer and melt butter using same pot.  Place beans in pot and toss gently to coat them with butter.  Add salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and roasted almond slivers and toss again.

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FRENCH BEANS WITH ROASTED ALMONDS

  • Author: Carla's No Place Like Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 - 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 side servings 1x
  • Category: side
  • Method: steam and bake
  • Cuisine: Canadian/American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

I had been boiling green beans for years the way my mother did, but there is nothing worse than how they look when they are done not to mention the loss of nutrients.  This is why the only way I prepare my green beans now is by steaming them.  They taste completely different and they’re bright and beautiful!  I love serving my green beans with roasted almond slivers and breadcrumbs.  It gives an added texture to this simple dish and looks fancy too!


Ingredients

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  • 350 g organic French beans (you can find them packaged separately)
  • ¼ cup vegan/gluten-free breadcrumbs *
  • ¼ cup blanched almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Spread almond slivers on lined parchment paper.
  3. Bake for approximately 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Keep an eye on them as they burn easily!
  5. In the meantime, steam French beans in steamer.  Make sure you toss them periodically during the steaming process so the beans steam evenly.  Steaming will take approximately 12 – 14 minutes.  Beans should be fork tender.
  6. Remove from steamer and set aside.
  7. Discard water from steamer and melt butter using same pot.
  8. Place beans in pot and toss gently to coat them with butter.
  9. Add salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and roasted almond slivers and toss again.

Notes

*I make my own breadcrumbs by placing bread slices (on a cookie sheet) in the oven at 350F until they are golden.  This process takes approximately 15 minutes, turning them periodically to brown on the other side.  After taking them out of the oven I let them cool and harden and then I chop them and put them through the food processor.  The breadcrumbs taste completely different done this way.  I can’t explain it, but they definitely add more flavour to any dish.

Keywords: green beans, toasted sliver almonds, easy side dish, steamed green beans, green bean dish

 

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