Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans

 

Yields:  4-6 servings   Prep Time:  10 minutes       Total Time:  30 minutes

 

Incredibly easy, this recipe is the perfect example of simple, yet quality ingredients coming together for a healthy and delicious side dish.  Green beans are high in fiber, vitamins A, C and K, as well as folic acid.

 

Ingredients

1 pound fresh green beans

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

2. Wash beans and trim stems off the end of the beans (if they still have remnants of the stems).

 

3. Finely dice garlic.

 

4. Lay beans out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and toss beans with diced garlic, olive oil and coat evenly.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

5. Roast at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

 

Once again, I was at the mercy of needing to simplify our vegetable regimen.  I get so excited myself to try new flavors and combining various veggies.  While there is nothing wrong with that, it makes for some struggles when dealing with little ones.  It is super frustrating on top of it all because usually these other vegetables dishes take quite a bit of time, only to be rejected upon arrival at the table.

 

These beans are so quick to whip up, and I couldn’t get the pictures taken fast enough!  Little hands kept reaching in and grabbing.  Now, maybe the kids were just starving because I was so preoccupied taking photos, and they were desperate to eat, they were just grabbing anything.  Or they really loved the texture and flavor if these roasted beans.  Either way, a side lesson learned – keep them hungry and they’ll eat the vegetables! 

 

The cool thing about roasting vegetables is the outside gets a tad crispy, while the inside stays nice and soft.  Garlic adds just the needed splash of pizazz, but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the olive oil roasted bean.

 

These are also an excellent option for allergy-sensitive folks.  I'm not strictly vegan or gluten free, or have any serious allergies, yet my system is very sensitive and really focus on whole foods with the least amount of preservatives and no artificial ingredients.  Healing my own gut (and health) came about because of paying attention not only to the foods I ate, but also the emotions that were hanging on inside as well (more about my philosophy).  Whole food ingredients have a better chance of optimally digesting, allowing the body to take in all of the available nutrients.  And this is one of the most simplest ways to make veggies, and it's delicious!

 

This is truly a great side dish to a family dinner, a meal for entertaining, or even a fancy snack!

 

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