Cook 1 lb. green beans in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about 5-10 minutes. Drain (save liquid for soup) and add one of the options below.
- Parsley-lemon option
In 1 Tbsp butter or oil lightly saute 2 cloves minced garlic and 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley. Add the cooked beans, season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir gently and heat through. Sprinkle with the juice of 1 lemon and serve.
- Basil-tomato option
In 1 Tbsp oil saute 1/4 cup minced onion and 1 clove minced garlic. Add 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil, 1 cup chopped tomatoes and cooked green beans. Cover and cook about 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
- Almond-Parmesan option
In 2 tbsp olive oil saute 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/4 cup slivered almonds. Add cooked beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and serve.