This is a fresh skinny twist on this popular side dish. I’m making a little glaze and sautéing the almonds first then drizzling over freshly steamed beans. They’re delicious in a dash. The skinny for each serving, 89 calories, 7 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
2½ tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ cup sliced, chopped or slivered almonds
1. In a large nonstick pan add 1-inch of water and trimmed green beans. Bring water to a boil, turn down to medium and cook uncovered until beans are tender (5-7 minutes). Drain.
2. Place green beans on a serving platter and keep warm.
3. Add butter to pan and melt. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. When mixture begins to sizzle, stir in almonds.
4. Drizzle sauce over warmed beans and serve.
Green beans are also called string beans or snap beans. The “string” in string beans can seldom be found today in modern varieties.
Choose green beans that are firm, smooth, bright colored. Although they are available in markets year round, they’re in season and at their best summer through early fall
Do not wash the beans until ready to use. Store refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to 4 days.
Green beans are very low in calories (43 calories per cup) and are loaded with nutrients. They’re an excellent source of vitamins A, K, C, fiber, potassium, folate, and iron.
Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
89 cal, 7g fat, 2g protein, 7g carb, 3g fiber, 137mg sodium, 2g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
134 cal, 12g fat, 2g protein, 7g carb, 3g fiber, 397g sodium, 3g sugar