Recipes

GREEN BEANS with LEMON & PINE NUTS

Be sure to snap off the very tip of the green bean where it was attached to the plant. (It's the tougher of the two ends.)

.75lb green beans
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 
Zest of a lemon
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
Parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

Bring the SALTED water to a boil on medium high heat. Add the beans , cover and let cook till done, about 6 minutes. Drain and return to hot pan. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve and enjoy!

GREEN BEANS BRAISED WITH TOMATOES AND BASIL

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped white onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
2 large plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup water 

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion softens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add green beans, tomatoes, basil leaves, and 1/2 cup water. Cook until beans are crisp-tender, stirring and tossing occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.