Holiday favorite, Green Beans Almondine is a great way to dress up the humble green bean. Stir fried with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, they are sure to add taste and freshness to any festive menu.
Holidays and our favorite holiday dishes are important at any time, but perhaps more so during times of crisis. This year, amidst the lockdown, many of us will be celebrating Easter. Celebrations will probably be scaled back and our family dinners will be via online apps but we can still make and enjoy our favorite family dishes. This sense of continuity with our normal lives can bring alot of comfort during this difficult time.
I’m going to be making a semi traditional dinner for one. Growing up, I was always someone who loved the side dishes, and the vegetables that really make any holiday dinner. One of the dishes I treasure the most is green beans almondine. The version I had growing up was made from frozen, and was so delicious. I looked forward to it at every Easter gathering.
Healthy and easy to make
To make this dish from fresh ingredients is even tastier and super easy. Just blanche the green beans, toast the almonds, and then combine them in a wok or deep skillet with butter and lemon and seasonings of your choice. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook, and is a wonderful dish that adds a touch of sophistication and spring goodness to your Easter dinner.
Healthy and Festive
Green beans are a very healthy vegetable, a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, folic acid and fiber. They are also a welcome and traditional sign of spring, and add color and a delicious freshness to your Easter or any holiday table. Enjoy!
More Great Vegetable Recipes
Being vegan has taught me how delicious and versatile cooking with vegetables can be. Here are some more delicious and healthy vegetable recipes:
Grilled Corn with Old Bay Butter
Green Bean Almondine
- 1.5 lbs French green beans (haricot verts) trimmed
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1/4 cup raw slivered almonds
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia seasoning or seasoning of your choice
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Over high heat, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Once boiling add the green beans and blanch for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove when they are crisp-tender. You want to insure they are slightly undercooked as they will cook some more when sauteed.
- Set a large wok or deep skillet over medium low heat. Roast the almonds, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Melt the butter slightly in the wok.
- Add the green beans, lemon juice, seasoning and sauté, stirring gently until well mixed.
- Add the sliced almonds and stir until combined.
- Once well heated remove green beans from pan and place in a serving bowl or dish.
- Serve immediately.
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