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Skinny Garlic Green Beans

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Are you looking for a simple yet tasty vegetable side dish? This one might just become a favorite. I first tasted a similar recipe at a place in the LA area called Koo Koo Roo. It’s a casual chicken restaurant offering the most amazing skinless chicken and many wonderful, healthy side dishes, like this one.  These green beans are very popular there so I’ve remade them a little skinnier. Each skinny serving now has 48 calories, 2 grams of fat and only 1 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. There’s so much flavor in such skinny facts!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound fresh green beans

2 cups water

1 tablespoon fresh garlic cloves, minced

1½ tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan, add beans and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 8-10 minutes until tender crisp.

2. Drain beans and set aside.

3. In a nonstick pan, saute garlic and 1 tablespoon butter over low heat just until light brown.  Add beans and toss to coat.

4. Remove beans from heat and place beans in a serving dish.  Add ½ tablespoon butter and let melt over beans.  Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings (about ¾ cup each)


Food Fact

Green beans are unripe or immature pods obtained from the bean plant belonging to common fabaceae family. They’re referred to as “common beans,” probably because they all derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru.


Healthy Benefit

Green beans are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients. They’re a very rich source of dietary fiber and contain excellent levels of vitamin A.


Prep Tip

There is nothing as bitter as burned garlic. It can literally ruin a dish. When a recipe calls for cooking garlic in olive oil do so over a very low heat and carefully watch the dish.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
1

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about ¾ cup each)
48 calories, 2g fat, 2g protein, 7g carbs, 3g fiber, 184mg sodium 0g sugar
Koo Koo Roo FACTS: for 1 serving Koo Koo Roo garlic green beans
62 calories, 3g fat, 2g protein, 9g carbs, 4g fiber, 187mg sodium, 0g sugar

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4 Responses to “Skinny Garlic Green Beans”

  1. Healthy Thanksgiving: Recipe Roundup - The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC Says:

    [...] Skinny Garlic Green Beans [...]

  2. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you shared my Skinny Garlic Green Beans recipe on your Thanksgiving roundup. It’s my favorite way to make green beans. Thank you!!!

  3. Charlene@APinchofJoy.com Says:

    Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Charlene. I love sharing on Busy Monday link party!
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