Green beans are the most under-rated vegetables but they are packed with several nutritional benefits. They contain a good amount of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Also, beans are inexpensive and versatile which means they can be made into some amazing recipes and also some great sides. Here are some really interesting green bean recipes that you must try out:

1) Tangy Green beans

Ingredients:

· Green beans- 10-12 sticks

· Lemon zest- 1 tsp

· Salt- ½ tsp

· Black pepper- 1 tsp

· Olive oil- 2 tbsp

· Lemon- half

Directions:

· In a wok, add some oil and saute green beans for a few minutes till they are just cooked

· Now in a large skillet, saute beans, lemon zest, salt and pepper in hot olive oil over medium- high heat until beans are hot, cooked, tender and crisp

· Now squeeze lemon over the beans

· Serve immediately

2) Caramelized Green Beans

Ingredients:

· Green beans- 500 gms

· Brown sugar- 2 tbsp

· Soy sauce- 1 tbsp

· Red pepper grounder- ½ tsp

· Red bell pepper sliced- 1

· Onion sliced- 1

· Oil- 1 tsp

· Salt- ¾ tsp

Directions:

· In a pan of boiling water, add beans and cook them over fro 1 minute, drain and set aside

· Now put the green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process and drain well

· In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, soy sauce and red pepper powder

· In a wok, saute bell pepper, onions, green beans in some oil over medium to high flame for about 3-5 minutes

· Sprinkle some salt and remove from heat

· Now add the soy sauce mixture and stir to coat

· Serve immediately

3) Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

· Beans- 500 gm

· Butter- 1 tbsp

· Onions- chopped- 1

· Pasta sauce- 1 jar

· Fresh thyme- 2 tsp

· Salt and pepper – to taste

Directions:

· Steam beans in some water until they are just cooked. Rinse and set aside

· Now in a skillet, add butter and heat it over medium flame and add onions, cook for 30 seconds

· Stir in beans and pasta sauce and thyme leaves

· Cook and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes

· Add salt and pepper as per your taste

· Serve

4) Butter Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients:

· Green beans trimmed and halved- 500 gm

· Butter- 3 tbsp

· Garlic cloves minced- 3

· Lemon- half

· Black pepper- to taste

· Salt- to taste

Directions:

· In a large skillet, place green beans and cover them with water and bring it to boil and cook till the beans are soft, drain and set aside

· Now in a wok, add butter, green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes

· Add minced garlic and season with lemon, pepper and salt

· Serve immediately

5) Cheesy Baked Green Beans

Ingredients:

· Green beans- 500 gm

· Heavy cream- ½ cup

· Garlic cloves sliced- 2

· Lemon zest- 2 tsp

· Mozzarella- 1 cup

· Parmesan cheese- 2/3 cup

· Salt- as per taste

· Red pepper flakes- pinch

Directions:

· Preheat oven to 400 degree.

· In a baking dish, place green beans and pour some cream, garlic and lemon zest over it

· Season them with salt and red pepper flakes

· Finally sprinkle some mozzarella and parmesan and bake until they are tender and cheese has melted (25-30 minutes)

· Serve

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