Green beans are definitely not the sexiest of vegetables. I think they took a hit in the 50s when green bean casseroles were all the rage and they never really recovered from that. That’s a shame because cooked just right they can be delicious!
I love the idea of pairing green beans and almonds. But that alone doesn’t sound particularly enticing since it’s been done to death. I thought I’d try mixing that in with quinoa, since it’s filling and all the rage these days. This is a much heartier side dish that’s bright and flavorless and doesn’t taste dated.
If fresh green beans aren’t available, look for frozen green beans, which will have a better taste and texture than canned.
Green Bean Almondine Quinoa
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Ingredients(Makes 6-8 servings):
- 2 cups dry quinoa, washed and rinsed
- 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and washed
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shaved or slivered almonds
- Cook the quinoa according to the package directions(I usually cook mine with 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa).
- While the quinoa is cooking, cut the green beans into a bite-sized length. Steam the green beans until they turn a bright green color and are cooked through.
- When the quinoa is fully cooked, turn off the heat and stir in the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
- Move the quinoa to a serving bowl and garnish with the almonds. Serve hot or at room temperature.