Lemony Green Beans

Lemony Green Beans

Simple to make and full of flavor, this is a healthy spring or summer side dish that your kids will actually enjoy. It's also a great way to introduce kids to fresh-from-the-garden food. You don't have to dig up half the lawn — or even have a lawn. All you need is a sunny spot, some deep pots, and a few bags of soil.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings


    1 pound green beans
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    1/4 cup olive oil
    Zest of 2 large lemons (yellow part only)
    1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (optional)
    1/3 cup lightly packed grated Parmesan
    Salt and pepper to taste


  1. For crunchy green beans, blanch them in boiling salted water for 1 minute. For softer beans, aim for 5 minutes. Either way, drain them, plunge them into ice water, and drain again thoroughly. Transfer them to a bowl.
  2. In a small skillet over low heat, sauté the garlic in the olive oil just until fragrant, about 1 minute (do not let it brown). Pour the mixture over the green beans and add the lemon zest, parsley, cheese, and salt and pepper, tossing everything together. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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