In this easy green bean recipe, browning the butter before tossing it with the breadcrumbs produces a nice nutty flavor. Serve this green bean dish as an alternative to green bean casserole or as an easy side with steak, chicken or fish.
Green Beans with Parmesan-Garlic Breadcrumbs
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
3 tablespoons butter
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2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add green beans, cover and steam until tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until the butter is nutty brown, about 30 seconds more. Stir in breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Toss the breadcrumbs with the green beans. Top with cheese.
Recipe nutrition: Per serving: 108 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 17 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 186 mg sodium; 193 mg potassium.
1/2 Carbohydrate Serving(s)
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat
(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)