Some people call them green beans, others call them string beans. Regardless of which name is used, they are healthy because they provide fiber and several vitamins and minerals. Green beans are low in calories and they contain zero saturated fat. The following recipe makes an excellent side dish for beef, fish, pork or poultry.
- 2 pounds of fresh green beans (ends trimmed and rinsed cleaned)
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil (divided into two 2 tablespoon portions)
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black or white pepper
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 4 crushed or minced garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons of butter (optional)
- Preheat the oven to about 400 to 450 degrees F.
- Place clean, dry green beans in a large bowl.
- Toss the green beans with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. (Reserve the remaining 2 tablespoons for later.)
- Sprinkle the green beans with salt, pepper, and paprika and stir to coat them evenly with the spices.
- Spread the seasoned green beans out evenly on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray).
- Roast the green beans in the preheated oven uncovered for about 10 minutes.
- While the green beans are roasting, peel and prepare the garlic cloves.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil (and the optional butter) in a small pan or pot.
- Saute’ the prepared garlic gloves in the olive oil (and the optional butter) for a few seconds.
- Remove the green beans from the oven and drizzle the sauteed garlic and olive oil over them.
- Stir the green beans to coat them with the garlic infused olive oil.
- Return the green beans to the oven and allow them to roast for about 10 more minutes, or until they reach the desired tenderness.
- Serve the green beans immediately.
This vegetable roasting method can be used for potatoes, broccoli, and other vegetables. Adjust the olive oil and seasoning to the quantity of vegetables being roasted. Denser vegetables may need to be roasted for a longer time. Diced or minced onions can be substituted for, or used in addition to, the garlic.