After the incredibly rich (and tasty!) brown butter snickerdoodles I last posted, I’m sure you all want something healthy this time. After the insane amount of ribs and birthday cake I ate on Saturday night, I DEFINITELY need something healthy. So you’re all getting a quick, easy, and quite tasty side dish I made last week. It’s an Eating Well recipe, changed up a bit for my personal tastes. Some lemon for a little tang, some basil for flavor, and, of course, more garlic. Though I don’t think anyone who follows this blog is at ALL surprised by me adding more garlic to something. One day, I swear I’ll create garlic infused garlic stuffed with garlic, wrapped in bacon.
Start by washing and trimming and cutting the green beans into 1 inch pieces, then steam over an inch of water for 6-8 minutes, until tender.
While they steam, mince then mash the garlic with salt until it becomes a paste.
Mix garlic-salt paste with yogurt, oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, and pepper in a large bowl.
Blanch the green beans in an ice water bath, drain and pat them dry, then toss them with the dressing.
Serve cold, and garnish with additional parsley if desired.
Garlicky Green Beans
- 1 pound green beans trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cloves of garlic minced, or 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley optional
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan or stockpot fitted with a steamer basket. Add green beans, cover, and cook until tender, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool, then drain and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Meanwhile, if using fresh garlic, mash with salt using a fork, the back of a spoon, or mortar and pestle until a paste forms. In a large bowl, whisk the garlic paste (or garlic powder and salt) with the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, parsley (if using), and pepper.
Add the green beans to the dressing, toss to coat, and serve cold.