8 Ways to Serve Fresh Beans?>

8 Ways to Serve Fresh Beans

by Berkeley Wellness  

Fresh beans add delicious nutrition to many recipes. Many people boil fresh green beans, but you lose nutrients in the water. Here are eight other ways to prepare fresh beans.

  1. Toss snap beans with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven or grill on the barbecue.
  2. Steam shell beans with garlic and puree together with some olive oil, salt, and fresh herbs. Serve the puree in place of rice or mashed potatoes.
  3. Toss steamed snap beans, steamed shell beans, grated lemon zest, slivered red onion, olive oil, and some grated Parmesan together for a warm or cold salad.
  4. Toss cooked snap beans with tomato sauce (or add them to fettuccine or other pasta and top with sauce).
  5. Cook fava beans with fresh corn, thyme, and chopped tomato for a succotash.
  6. Layer snap beans with chopped onion, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, or other vegetables. Season to taste, add some broth, cover tightly, and bake until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Substitute fresh shell beans for their dried form in recipes for chilis, stews, soups, and baked beans.
  8. Sauté snap beans with a bit of olive oil and diced garlic for an Italian-style side dish.
See our recipe for Green Beans with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil.