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Friday, January 18, 2013

Long Green Beans with Spicy Nut Meal

Long Green Beans with Spicy Peanut Almond Meal

Steamed or sautéed green beans are great as-is. But, at times, I like a bit of crunchy texture mingled with the crisp-tender beans. My favorite paruppusili is always welcome, but, this recipe here adds quick texture and boost for a weeknight dish.

And, rather than the usual ubiquitous green beans, I like the long green beans or snake beans that I grew up with. They taste a little different from the regular green beans, and don't really have a strong flavor.

long green beans
Combine quarter cup of dry roasted unsalted peanuts and almonds, about 4 pickled jalapeno rings and grind them coarsely in  a blender or food processor. Keep handy.

Chop the long green beans into 1 or 2 inch pieces, place in a microwave safe container, add 3 to 4 Tbsp water and a sprinkling of salt, cover and microwave on high for about 6 to 8 minutes till the beans are cooked but firm. Drain as needed.

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan, add the cooked long green beans, sauté,stir in the spicy almond+peanut mixture. Remove from heat. Serve warm or at room temperature. Drizzle with a simple olive oil+lemon juice vinaigrette before serving.

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