Thyme-scented green beans

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5 min


2 to 3 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 500 g green beans , about 4 cups
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves , or 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds , optional


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Trim ends from green beans. Slip all of beans into water. Boil, uncovered, just until tender-crisp, from 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir juice with thyme and salt. As soon as beans are cooked and drained, heat oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add hot drained beans to oil in pan. Pour lemon juice mixture overtop. Stir until evenly coated, 2 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds, if using, toss and serve. Or arrange beans on a platter and sprinkle with almonds. Terrific with roast chicken, lamb, beef or salmon.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 87,
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3.2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 768 mg.

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