Li’l Bit Savory: Italian Green Beans

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  Now it’s time to ring in a new year!  Can you believe it’s already 2013?!  Time flies.

So now you have to plan for another “holiday” meal or plan to bring a side dish to a potluck New Year’s Eve party.  What to bring….what to bring?  If you’re worried that there might not be anything nutritious and you want at least one healthy side dish amongst the gluttony, fear not!

Or, hey, maybe you just want a new way to spruce up those boring, everyday green beans.

Li'l Bit Savory:  Italian Green Beans

This recipe is inspired by the wonderful green beans at Carino’s.  Seriously, best green beans I think I’ve ever had, but I was never able to replicate them.   ….Until now.  While I worked at a restaurant, one of the employees from the Carino’s down the street came in for lunch and spilled the beans (pun intended) on what makes their recipe so special.  Italian dressing!  It gives it a little extra flavor and that little something that turns the green beans from blah to awesome.

Italian Green Beans

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 roasted red pepper halves, diced
  • 3-4 Tbsp fat free zesty Italian dressing
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.  Add trimmed green beans and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until crisp-tender.

Drain green beans and plunge them into a bowl of ice water to shock them and stop the cooking process.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add drained green beans and roasted red pepper. Saute 2-3 minutes.

Li'l Bit Savory:  Italian Green Beans

Add garlic and Italian dressing.  Stir and continue to saute an additional 5 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste. (I usually don’t need any additional seasoning as the dressing is very flavorful in itself)

Li'l Bit Savory:  Italian Green Beans

A simple and healthy side dish that is quick, easy, and a delicious!  Hopefully these green beans will become a new favorite of yours.  No need for veggies to be boring!  These definitely show that vegetables can definitely pack a flavorful punch.

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