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By Chris Williams, Buzzworthy Blogs

These sauteed green beans are easy to make and will complement any vegetarian or meat lover’s spread. With their rich green color, you can warm up your dinner table and make it a healthy one, too.

(Makes 4 servings)

Total cooking time (including preparation): 25 minutes


  • 1 pound of fresh green beans (snipped ends)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of raw salt

Bowl filled with cold water and ice


Fill a large pot with water, add raw salt, and bring water to a boil. Add green beans to boiling water, and boil for one minute. Strain the green beans and then place them in a bowl filled with cold water and ice. Chill the green beans for 5 to 10 minutes. (Tip: this simple step prevents the green beans from overcooking and discoloring, and helps maintain their vibrant green color.) Set aside.

Place a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When hot, add the red pepper flakes, then immediately add the green beans, stirring for 6-8 minutes until well coated and tender. Next, add the lemon juice.

Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Chris Williams is a homemaker who has been cooking traditional Southern recipes, New York style dinners, baked goods, and her signature dishes (like lasagne, beef stew, baked salmon, and chicken with broccoli) for decades.
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