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Lemony String Beans

String beans are a great side dish that can be created in so many ways. This recipe keeps it simple with some lemon zest and sliced almonds. Usually, I enjoy sautéed string beans or French beans, but I decided to try blanching them. The beans came out perfectly cooked and were so tasty!

Ingredients:
2 pound bag of string beans (or French beans)
1/2 cup sliced almonds (or your favorite kind of nut)
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 whole lemon
Salt and pepper

Instructions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you are checking the beans occasionally so you do not overcook them. I prefer them to be more on the crunchy side, but others like them softer. This is totally up to you so taste test as you are stirring them.

When they are at the desired texture, remove them from the heat and strain them. Run some cold water over the beans so that you stop the cooking process, but do not cook them too much.

Transfer the beans to a large bowl to allow you to easily toss them with the zest, oil or butter and nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I only used salt, but everyone likes different things so this is up to you as well.

This is a great dish because it can be served warm or cold. If you plan to serve it cold I recommend using olive oil rather than butter because the butter will turn white again when cooled.

Follow your tummy…
-Jess

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