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Lemony Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

By Chef Owen May and Dr. Michelle May

Chef Notes

If possible, purchase green beans at a store or farmer’s market that sells them loose so that you can choose the best quality beans. Purchase beans that have smooth feel and a vibrant green color, and are free from brown spots or bruises. They should have a firm texture and ‘snap’ when broken.

Store unwashed fresh beans in a perforated plastic bag kept in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about three days.

Just prior to using the green beans, wash them under running water. Remove both ends of the beans by either snapping them off or cutting them with a knife or clean kitchen scissors. Kids can help sort and select the best beans from the store – and they love to snap the ends off of them!

Health Notes

Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, and fiber. As with most vegetables, fresh is best! If they are stored too long they will begin to lose some of their nutrient value, flavor, and quality. If you cannot buy fresh and use them within a few days, frozen is second best.

Number of Servings: 6


1 pound fresh green beans
1 teaspoon butter
1 ounce almond slivers
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)


  1. Trim the ends off the beans.
  2. Place beans into a pot and fill with 1 inch of water.
  3. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer and cook to desired tenderness, about 10 -15 minutes.
  5. While beans are cooking, toast the almonds in a dry pan. Shake or stir frequently until they just start to turn golden. Remove almonds from the hot pan or they may burn.
  6. Drain the beans, then add the butter, stirring to melt and coat the beans.
  7. Stir in lemon juice.
  8. Place beans in a serving dish and garnish with the toasted almonds.

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