Flavor: Crisp and fresh when raw, but takes on a delicious buttery quality once cooked.
Benefits: High in fiber and protein, green beans are also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Green beans are not only nutritous and delicious, but very low in calories!
Storage Tips: Rinse beans and air dry on a kitchen towel. Store in a resealable bag or storage container in the refrigerator. Fresh green beans will be bright green and snap crisply when bent in half.
Cooking and Preparation: Remove stem ends of beans, and rinse thouroughly. Amazing lightly steamed, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and salt, or blanched, trimmed and added to salads. Also, excellent in stir fries or as a side dish with nuts or herbs sprinkled over them.
Blanched green beans with spicy mustard dipping sauce
Time: 15 minutes
1 lb. green beans
1/4 cup spicy dijon mustard 2 tbsp. cane sugar 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar salt and pepper to taste
Remove the stem ends of beans and rinse. Boil 4-6 quarts of water. Drop in beans and cook for approximately 3 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse with cool water.
Whisk together dipping sauce ingredients.
Serve chilled blanched beans with a small bowl of spicy mustard dipping sauce.