Sunday, July 13, 2014

Green Beans - Two Ways

Parmesan Green Beans
1 pound green beans, washed & trimmed
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, or 2 minced cloves
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

Drop green beans into rapidly boiling water for about 5 minutes, just to soften slightly.

Mix all ingredients except the Parmesan cheese in a cast iron skillet. Let set for 10 minutes

Cook on high heat until heated thoroughly, about 10 to 15 minutes. You want them to still be crisp, yet tender.

Remove beans from heat, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Green Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes
1 1/2 # green beans, washed trimmed
1/4 c. sun dried tomatoes
2 T oil
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 t dried basil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Place tomatoes in small bow. Pour boiling water to cover and let stand a few minutes. Drain, blot dry. Slit into 1/4" strips.

Cook green beans in 2 qts boiling water until barely tender, about 4 minutes. Drain in colander and rinse under cold water. Blot dry and cut diagonally into 2" lengths.

In a 12" skillet, heat oil over low heat. Add onions and cook stirring frequently until barely softened, about 5 minutes.

Add beans & tomatoes, continue cooking, stirring constantly until beans are heated through abut 5 minutes.

Stir in basil. Season with salt & pepper. Can be served at room temperature.


  1. Hmmmm, imagine combining the two recipes! I've never had beans with sun dried tomatoes, although I like both of them. Did you use the dried tomatoes in oil?

    1. I used the dried version. I thought about the oil but I'm trying to keep the fat grams down.

  2. These both look and sound delicious! I have always loved green beans. My parents grew them in a garden when I was young so they bring back childhood memories. Thank you for your input on self employment. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one struggling with lazy days from time to time!

  3. They both sound really good and I love green beans. I think of the two my favorite would be the one with parmesan

  4. mmm...
    I'm growing green beans (actually green, yellow, and purple) in my garden. They are SO delicious when fresh picked!

  5. I've never tried cooking beans in my iron skillet. These look pretty yummy; looks like I'll have to try it!

  6. The sundered tomatoes look like a great addition.


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