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Today's guest post is a simple yet delicious side dish from the very talented Elviira, the author of Low-carb, So Simple. Elviira's blog is unlike any other low-carb blog you may have come across. Apart from stunning photography, you'll find amazing, easy to prepare recipes with no more than 5 ingredients. This is a real lifesaver for all of us with busy lifestyles!

Green beans are naturally low in carbs and contain an ample amount of vital nutrients. As they are quick to prepare and you can vary them endlessly, they can easily become a staple in your healthy lifestyle.

In this side dish green beans get some flavor and tang from lemon juice. Olive oil provides good fats and mild taste. Sliced almonds — which are cooked in olive oil to maximize the toasty, nutty flavor — give texture and crunch. Gently fried garlic complements the flavors with a savory touch.

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Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 cup)

Net carbs6.5 grams
Protein3.5 grams
Fat9.8 grams
Calories132 kcal

Calories from carbs 20%, protein 11%, fat 69%

Total carbs10.2 gramsFiber3.7 gramsSugars4 gramsSaturated fat1.2 gramsSodium298 mg(13% RDA)Magnesium43 mg(11% RDA)Potassium291 mg(15% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed (450 g)
  • 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed juice from organic lemon (36 g/ 1.3 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup flaked or slivered almonds (20 g/ 0.7 oz)

Instructions

  1. Let’s take a look how to make this simple but scrumptious side dish. Use trimmed, fresh green beans and steam them until crisp-tender. In case you cannot get fresh beans, use frozen, defrosted green beans (you might have to cook them quickly, just follow the instructions in the package).
  2. When you have steamed the beans and they are still warm, take a large bowl. In the bowl, place the steamed green beans. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  3. Add lemon juice. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  4. Season with salt. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  5. Toss well and set aside. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  6. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place the olive oil in the skillet.
    Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  7. Add the almonds to the hot olive oil. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  8. Cook and mix until the almonds have got some color. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  9. Add the garlic for the rest of the 30 seconds. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  10. Continue cooking until the garlic is golden brown. Don't add the garlic too early, as it easily turns too brown and gets burned flavor if fried too long. It also loses much of its nutrients if cooked more than 60 seconds. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  11. Add the garlic and almond mixture in the bean salad. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  12. Toss well. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans
  13. Serve immediately. To store, let it cool down and refrigerate for up to 4 dayse. Reheat before serving. Easy Low-Carb 5 Ingredient Green Beans

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 cup)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Green beans, fresh
4.8 g2.1 g0.2 g35 kcal
Lemon (juice), fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.9 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Almonds, nuts (flaked)
0.4 g1.3 g2.8 g32 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 cup
6.5 g3.5 g9.8 g132 kcal
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Elviira is a former music scientist and computational linguist who is nowadays professionally developing simple and healthy recipes with organic and natural ingredients. She has been studying nutrition, different diets and cooking for a few decades. On her journey from a strict raw vegan to a conscious omnivore, she has collected an extensive collection of hundreds of diet books and cookbooks, still relentlessly digging into new studies and old traditions.

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Comments (3)

Made it for lunch with some pulled pork today. I would probably use less garlic next time but it was still delish especially the almonds!

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Sounds delicious! 😊

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My fave veg! Thanks for sharing, making it tonight 😊

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