Who doesnít love green beans? Canned green beans are one of the original convenience foods. It takes just minutes to add your canned green beans to a meal. You can also buy fresh or frozen green beans. None of these different forms are hard to cook. Each type has its own advantages. Here's a discussion of the different types of green beans and a terrific easy method for making fresh or frozen green beans.
Fresh green beans take more time, since you will have to process them for yourself. Break off the stem, and pull it downward. Some green beans, especially the larger, more mature ones, have a string. However, many of the newer varieties that you will find at the store are stringless. Look for brightly colored green beans without blemishes. If they have a lot of crushed, broken or mushy looking parts, just leave them at the store. Fresh green beans should be firm and not spongy.
After removing the stem, you may leave them whole or break them into serving sized pieces. How big? Thatís up to you! Rinse the green beans well to remove pesticides and place them into your microwave safe dish.
If you want to avoid all of the cleaning, frozen green beans are a good choice. Look for bags of green beans where the beans are individually frozen. This means that you can feel them shift around in the bag. Contrast this to a bag of beans where they are one frozen mass. Individually frozen beans make it easy to cook just the amount that you want to serve.
Microwave Green Beans with Onions
2 tablespoons of water
16 ounces of fresh or frozen green beans
1 large onion-coarsely chopped
Garlic sea salt
In a two quart microwave safe casserole with a lid, add 2 tablespoons of water. Add half of the green beans and sprinkle lightly with garlic sea salt. Add the rest of the green beans and sprinkle lightly with garlic sea salt. Scatter the onions on top of the green beans. Cover with the lid. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Then, let the casserole stand, covered, for 10 more minutes. If you want the beans to be cooked more or less, adjust the time for cooking or for letting the beans stand.
Butter, olive oil, or another oil may be added before serving. If you want to add some meat, you may slice some cooked smoked sausage on top. Another option is to place pre-cooked sausage patties on top of the onions. As the green beans and onions cook, the sausage releases fat and juices into the vegetables.
This method of cooking doesnít heat the house up, returns a tasty and tender batch of green beans, and is super easy to do. In twenty minutes, you can have a great batch of green beans to eat with your sandwiches.
At the end of this article there are several quick and easy sandwich selections. Using the green bean recipe and a recipe for one of these sandwiches, you can put a delicious and nutritious meal on the table in a jiffy! Why don't you pair one of these sandwiches up with your green beans? To get the sandwich recipe, just click on the link. There is a button at the bottom of the recipe page for a printer-friendly version of the recipe.
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