Green beans are also known as ‘French beans’ or ‘runner beans’. Despite its green color, it is a rich source of carotenoids just like carrots and tomatoes. You can buy them canned or frozen, but I would recommend using fresh ones to maximize its health benefits. There are many ways to prepare green beans: steamed, boiled, stir-fried or baked. Prepare it the way you want, but make sure that they remain crunchy. Limp greens are stripped off their nutritional value and natural taste.
2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil
Ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven at 350(F) degrees. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake it for 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a large pot filled with water and a dash of salt, boil the beans with the cinnamon stick for 5 minutes or until it turns bright green. Do not overcook. Drain the beans and rinse them with cold water. Pat them dry with paper towels
In a wok or saucepan, melt the butter under medium low heat. Saute the garlic and ginger for 1-2 minutes before adding the green beans and rosemary leaves. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes. Add the walnuts and toss gently. Season it with salt and pepper as desired.
Transfer to a plate and drizzle with walnut oil. Sprinkle with fresh chives before serving.
Photo Courtesy Of: Laurel Fan