Friday, January 9, 2009

LOW CARB Garlic Green Beans with Pine Nuts

These garlic green beans can be made with other nuts, or bacon if you want. I have only made this dish with fresh green beans, but it would probably work OK with frozen one. In that case, I would defrost the beans, but not cook them before the final step. The carb count is similar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. green beans, remove stem end
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 - 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

1) Cook green beans for 2 to 3 minutes, either in a lot of salted boiling water (preferred) or in the microwave. You want them to be just barely fork-tender, but still retain their bright green color.

2) Heat oil in skillet over medium heat until hot, and sauté crushed garlic and pine nuts for about a minute, until garlic is fragrant. Add beans and toss until beans are coated. Add salt and pepper and toss again. Serve.

Nutritional Information: Each of 4 servings has 5 grams effective carbohydrate plus 4 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, and 108 calories.

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