Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts (and 10 More Delicious Recipes for Green Beans)

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
If you're growing green beans in your garden, here's a delicious way to cook them!

(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, July 2013.)  When you're writing a home cooking blog, you're not only sharing your recipes with the world, you're also documenting what you're eating.  When I first posted this recipe for Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts back in 2007, green beans weren't something I cooked that often.  Then I discovered those those lovely thin French green beans at Costco, which not only inspired me to make this recipe but also got me started growing my own green beans in the garden.  If you have green beans planted this year, before long you'll have more green beans than you ever imagined, so let me recommend this new way to cook them.  Look after the recipe for ten more delicious ideas for green beans from Kalyn's Kitchen and some of my blogging friends.

Trim the beans into pieces about 2 inches long (and wash if you're using garden beans.)

Put the green beans in a bowl, cover with cling wrap, and microwave for 2 minutes.

While the beans cook in the microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice.  Get the garlic and Parmesan ready and toast the pine nuts in a dry pan just until they're barely starting to brown.

Heat the oil in a large wok or heavy frying pan, then add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant; then discard the garlic. (This is called "seasoning the oil.")  Don't let the garlic brown. 

Add the green beans and stir-fry over high heat until they are just starting to brown, but are still slightly crisp.  Taste one to see if it's as done as you'd like it; thicker garden beans will take slightly longer. 

Lower heat, add the lemon juice and stir to get that flavor mixed in with the beans; then turn off heat and sprinkle the lemon zest and Parmesan over the beans.  Serve hot, sprinkled with the toasted pine nuts.


And just for fun, here's the original photo from 2007, which I really don't mind at all for those days!


Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
(Makes about 4 servings; recipe inspired by A Veggie Venture.)

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh green beans, preferably thin French green beans
1 1/2 T olive oil (or less, depending on your pan or wok)
2 cloves whole garlic
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 T freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted in hot pan 1-2 minutes

Instructions:
Trim ends from green beans. (I do this by gathering a handful, then standing them up on the cutting board while holding loosely so the beans all line up, then trimming the end. Turn over and repeat with the other end.)  Cut beans into pieces about 2 inches long.

Put beans into glass bowl, cover with saran wrap (cling film) and microwave on high 2 minutes. While beans microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice. (You will not need all the juice, freeze the extra to use later.)

In a dry pan, toast pine nuts over high heat 1-2 minutes, until they barely start to brown. Set aside.

Heat oil in wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add garlic cloves and stir fry about 1 minute. (This is a Chinese cooking technique called seasoning the oil.) Be sure not to brown the garlic or it will taste bitter. Remove garlic and discard. Add beans and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until beans are barely starting to brown but are still slightly crisp. (I taste one to see if they are done. I prefer them slightly underdone.)

Lower heat, then pour lemon juice over beans, and stir beans a few times. Turn off heat, then sprinkle lemon zest and Parmesan cheese over beans and stir again.

Remove beans to serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, and serve immediately.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Beans like this would be a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Although they aren't low in fat, most of the fat is unsaturated fat.  The beans would be great with something like Baked Swedish Meatballs, along with Mary's Perfect Salad for phase one. For phase two or three you could switch the salad for something like Lake Powell Spicy Rice.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Ideas for Green Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients.)
Green Beans with Tomatillo Salsa Dressing ~ A Veggie Venture
World's Easiest Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Green Beans with Salsa ~ Simply Recipes
Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Green Bean and Shitake Mushroom Stir Fry ~ Steamy Kitchen
Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms with Balsamic and Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Green Beans with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce ~ The Perfect Pantry
Spicy Sichuan Style Green Beans ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Herbs ~ Cookin' Canuck
Lemony Green Beans ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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33 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I will try it tomorrow. Is French bean kidney bean? I usually mix kidney bean and sesame or peanut or dried bonito. Bean with lemon, parmesan and pine nut sound new for me and I can buy all of them in Japan. Great!

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  2. Hello from Fort Collins, Kalyn. I'm here visiting with all my sisters and nieces. We're including green beans on our dinner menu tonight so your recipe adds inspiration. Thanks so much for the link! I'll be back in my kitchen this Wednesday.

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  3. Kalyn - one can never have too many tasty side dish recipes, and you're providing plenty of them! Thanks!

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  4. Kalyn, green beans will never be the same again - this looks so delicious!

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  5. That looks like a great way to make green beans - I like to buy the baby green beans at Trader Joe's, they're more tender. I will give this a try.

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  6. Kalyn, I can eat green beans everyday and don't get tired. Your recipe sounds lovely! Last time I accidently added some balsamic vinegar to my grean beans stir-fry and it tasted surprisingly good... Love your combo!

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  7. Hi Kayln! I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I love what you've been posting! I think I'll eat anything with pine nuts...what a great idea!

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  8. Millufe, French beans are not kidney beans here, but who knows what they're called there? In the U.S., French beans are a type of very thin green beans.

    Christine, sounds fun. Glad you're having a nice time.

    Pille, thanks. This was great.

    Patricia, they'll never be the same for me either, for sure!

    Sara, I bet the beans at Trader Joe's are great. We don't have Trader Joe's, sigh!

    Anh, must remember that idea of balsamic vinegar with beans, sounds lovely.


    Tristan, welcome. Glad you like the looks of what I'm cooking. I agree, pine nuts are fantastic!

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  9. Glad the recipe inspired you!!

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  10. Those look great for summer - I can't wait to try them.

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  11. Looks wonderful. I love the flavor combos. I must get some more pine nuts!

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  12. Hi Kalyn...
    I really love your site and so many of your recipes. Congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle, you're an inspiration!!
    Also wanted to let you know that I'm linking you to my blog...I love what you do here!

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  13. Let me try that again...I'm still learning

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  14. I love those costco beans, they are full of flavor...and they cook so fast!

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  15. Alanna, love the lemon with the beans.

    Emily, hope you like it.

    Chris, aren't pine nuts fantastic. (Go to Costco now!)

    Dani, thanks for stopping by.

    Nabeela, aren't those Costco beans great?

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  16. Kalyn,

    Love this combo of flavors. And thanks for the mention. Much appreciated.

    xoxo

    Karina

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  17. this is such an easy and exceptional recipe for green beans. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. thanks for all the green bean recipe links - quite an awesome selection. I do think I'll start with this one you're highlighting.

    Thanks for sharing

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  19. I tried this last night...the results were great. My husband is picky about veggies, but he loved it too! Thank you so much for all your great ideas Kalyn :)

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  20. Karina, thanks, and you're welcome for the mention.

    Liberal foodie and Ruth, hope you like it.

    Jessica, thanks for sharing the feedback. So glad you liked it. I was totally in love with it when I made it. I ate about half of it for my dinner that night.

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  21. We've GOT to try this! Stir-fried green beans is one of my favourite things but we've usually taken an Asian route with peanuts and chillies or fermented black beans and garlic.

    I've never thought to add pine nuts. Brilliant idea.

    -Elizabeth

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  22. This sounds delicious. A definite bookmark. :)

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  23. EJM and Wendy, thanks. I know I'm repeating myself, but it was just fabulous. I could just eat a big plate of this for a meal.

    Wendy, fun finding your blog.

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  24. Are you sure you are comfortable with microwaving the beans with cling film? I would simply microwave them in a glass bowl - maybe with a lid. Cling film is plastic, after all and putting it through high heat raises many uncomfortable red flags...

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  25. It doesn't worry me, but if you're concerned you can do it any way you'd like.

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  26. Great to see the before and after of this dish. The flavors sound perfect for summertime.

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  27. I just picked up green beans from the farmer's market this morning so this is perfect timing. Would really like to try yours with pine nuts.

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  28. Jeanette, hope you enjoy! I need to go to the Farmer's Market; hopefully this week!

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  29. I got some lovely slender green beans from my csa, this would be perfect!

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  30. Pam, I love these beans. Hope you enjoy!

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  31. Thanks for linking to one of my green bean recipes. I don't cook them as often as I should, and this post reminds me how much I like them. Love the idea of combining with pine nuts.

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  32. Lydia, everything is better with pine nuts!

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