Garlic Green Beans

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This is my favorite way eat green beans. It's been a family Thanksgiving favorite for years. I know a lot of people serve green bean casserole, but I love having a side that is light and fresh to balance out the other heavy food. This recipe is also a great option for family or friends that have allergies as it is gluten and dairy free.

Garlic Green Beans

The ingredients are simple: green beans, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. If I'm feeling fancy, I'll add bacon or parmesan cheese. But I think it stands on its own with out those options. (Definitely leave out the parmesan cheese if you have your dairy free crowd at the table!)

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Toss your green beans in a pan with some minced garlic and a splash of olive oil at medium high heat. Saute for just a couple minutes. Then add a few table spoons of water, and cover with a lid for about 5-8 minutes. I know when the beans are done when they are a nice bright green color, I don't rely on exact cooking times. You can test the green beans with a fork to see if they are the tender texture you are looking for. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Sometimes if I'm in a pinch, I'll use garlic salt in place of the salt and minced garlic. 

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This is one veggie our kids can always get on board with.

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