(makes 8 servings)
|3||pounds (1.4 kg) fresh green beans, stem ends removed|
|1/2||teaspoon (2.5 ml) butter-flavored buds or butter-flavored cooking spray|
|1/8||teaspoon (0.6 ml) garlic powder|
|1 1/2||teaspoons (7.5 ml) crushed dried thyme|
|2||tablespoons (30 ml) slivered almonds, toasted|
- Cook beans in a large pot of boiling water to cover. Reduce heat and simmer until crisp tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
- Toss with butter-flavored buds, garlic powder, and thyme. Serve hot, garnished with toasted almonds.
|Per serving:||64 calories (13% calories from fat), 4 g protein, 1 g total fat (0.1 g saturated fat), 13 g carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 12 md sodium|
|Exchanges:||2 1/2 vegetable|
tip: to toast the almonds, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 350°F (180° C) oven until fragrant and brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Shake the pan once or twice so that they toast evenly. Check after 3 minutes. Once they begin to color, they will brown very quickly. Do not allow them to burn.