We love veggies here at the HQ and because of that, I’m constantly exploring new ways to cook up some of our favorites. Both of us really love green beans. For me, it’s one of those comfort veggies that I have great memories of and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I eat it.
Summer is when certain veggies shine and come into their own and green beans are one of those veggies. They are plentiful in the grocery stores and I tend to stock up when I shop.
The most recent time we had green beans, I wanted to try something a little different with them. I’ve roasted green beans before but this time I added a few other things and the results were exactly what I was looking for. Both of us enjoyed this dish and it made a great side for our grilled feast we had that night.
Andrea’s Roasted Green Beans with Almonds
- 1lb Fresh green beans
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp light olive oil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Sliced almonds
Wash and trim up the green beans. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fill a medium sized pot or pasta pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans to the boiling water and blanch, for about 2-3 minutes. Remove green beans from the water and rinse with cold water. Once the green beans have cooled, add them to a storage bag (or you can use a medium sized mixing bowl) and add to the green beans the seasonings, soy sauce, and olive oil. Mix well. On a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick spray, spread the seasoned green beans. Place in oven and roast the beans for about 5-7 minutes. When the green beans are cooked through, turn off the heat and add the almonds and sesame seeds and toss. Serve and enjoy!
I didn’t give a measurement for the almonds because how much you want to use is up to you. You can buy prepackaged sliced almonds which are usually found in the produce section. Sometimes they can be found in the chip and snacks aisle. If you can’t find sliced almonds, use regular almonds. A small handful in a baggie then use a meat tenderizer or rolling pin to crush. Sprinkle in with the green beans and it’s good to go. If you’re grilling or bringing this to a picnic, try using some crushed smoked almonds. That would be fabbo!
I chose to blanch the green beans first because I actually like soft green beans with a very slight crunch. If you prefer your green beans more crunchy, you can skip this step and move straight to roasting.
Toasting the almonds and sesame seeds first before adding them in will give an additional background flavor and depth to the dish. Fiddle around and see which combination you like best!
Enjoy guys and remember, always play with your food!