I’ve posted a lot of main meals, but not many side dishes. Considering that I’ve been to some restaurants where the entrees are incredible, but the side dishes are only mediocre, I know that a good side dish can make or break a meal. These green beans go really well as a pairing with almost any entree. The roasted quality of the green beans adds depth compared to simply steaming them. The sliced almonds add a nice crunch and nutty flavor that accents not only the green beans, but any protein you might add to the plate. Most importantly, this side dish is incredibly easy to make. You can whip this up very quickly without much effort and create a fuller meal at a moment’s notice.
Makes 1 pound of green beans at 429 calories total or six servings of 72 calories each.
- 1 pound of green beans (about 140 cal.)
- 2 Tablespoons of sliced almonds (43 cal.)
- 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (240 cal.)
- 1/2 Tablespoon of crushed garlic (6 cal.)
- 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- Large baking sheet/tray
- Large Ziploc bag or container with lid
- Tablespoon measurement
- Wash the green beans and snap off the ends if they seem firm or sharp.
- Lightly dry and put the green beans into a Ziploc bag or large container with a lid.
- Add in the almonds, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Shake the bag or container until the ingredients are well mixed. Let them sit this way for 30 minutes or so for a mini-marination of the green beans.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spread the green beans over a large baking sheet/tray and place in the oven on the middle rack.
- Roast the green beans for 20 – 35 minutes depending on how well-roasted you like the green beans. Once they have some color on them, they are ready. Keep them in there longer if you want them soft or remove them earlier if you want them crispy.
- Serve them immediately in a bowl potluck style or portioned out as a side for any dish.