Green Beans Two Ways
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
Salt and ground pepper
For the bacon and blue cheese topping:
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
For the sweet-and-spicy coconut topping:
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the green beans and saute until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Choose one of the two variations and gently toss all ingredients for either one together with the green beans in the skillet. Makes 8 servings.
Per serving bacon and blue cheese variation: 110 calories, 60 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories), 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated, 0 trans fats), 10 mg cholesterol, 8 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 4 g protein, 190 mg sodium.
Per serving sweet-and-spicy coconut variation: 120 calories, 50 calories from fat (42 percent of total calories), 6 g fat (0 saturated, 0 trans fats), 0 cholesterol, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 2 g protein, 60 mg sodium.