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Lemony Green BeansLemony Green Beans

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 12 min
(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Makes 4 to 6 servings


1 pound green beans, washed and stemmed, or use frozen beans
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, minced, or ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
2 tablespoons toasted walnuts (see below)
Salt or salt substitute to taste
Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spread 1 tablespoon olive oil inside of a roasting pan. Add the green beans and dried tarragon and roast for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Transfer beans to a serving bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice and zest. If using fresh tarragon, add it now and mix well.
  3. Top with toasted walnuts.

Here's three easy methods to toast walnuts:

Toasting nuts takes just a few minutes and it greatly intensifies their flavor. You can toast them in the oven, the toaster oven, on the stove in a skillet or in the microwave oven. It is best to use nuts that are uniform in size. There's no need to oil the pan, but pay attention—nuts can go from perfectly toasted to charred in just moments.

Oven Toasting: Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook at 400° for seven to 10 minutes until the nuts start to turn golden and begin to smell toasty; parts of some may still appear raw. Immediately remove them from the pan and place them on paper towels to cool.

Skillet Toasting: Place nuts in a single layer in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir or shake them continually for five to seven minutes until they start to turn golden. Remove nuts from the pan as soon as they are done, and spread them on paper towels to cool.

Microwave: Spread nuts evenly in a flat microwavable dish. For half a cup of nuts, cook on high power for a total of three or four minutes, stirring three times during cooking. One cup of nuts should take about four or five minutes, depending on the oven and the size of the nuts. Microwave-toasted nuts will continue to darken after being removed from the oven. Cool on paper towels.

Nutrition at a Glance (per ¼ recipe):
Calories: 90
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 0.5g
Carbohydrate: 10g
Dietary fiber: 4g
Protein: 3g

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