Sautéed Green Beans with Cranberries and Almonds

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I just made this dish for Thanksgiving and loved it so much that I had to make it again.  I make green beans a lot as the vegetables for my meals, but I got a bit more creative on this one because it was Thanksgiving.  Adding cranberries to any dish makes it a Thanksgiving dish.  I should call these Thanksgiving Green Beans.  I add dried cranberries and almonds to a lot of food I eat, because that combination puts a smile on my face and makes me happy.  I love talking about what makes me happy here, because if you haven’t noticed, it’s always the little things like green beans, oh or ice cream! But seriously, I add dried cranberries and almonds to salads, tuna salad, chicken salad, pancakes, and other baked goods.  I keep them in a mason jar in my cupboard and always make sure they are full since I use them so frequently.

 

I am so sore right now!  I didn’t work out at my Crossfit box for 4 days because I was out of town, and now I’ve gone 3 days in a row and they seemed to have been ones that used muscles I haven’t used in a while because I am sore.   But, I guess I’d rather be sore than not at all!

 

what you need:

  • 3 cups fresh green beans (about 15 – 18 oz)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

what you do:

  1. Snap off the tips of your green beans, and snap them in half.  Run under cold water to rinse them
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add green beans and water, cover with foil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove foil and add olive oil, almonds, cranberries, basil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper to the pan.
  4. Sautée green beans with the ingredients for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Dish and serve while hot!

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