Lemon-Ginger Green Beans

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We love baked vegetables. Particularly, green beans! Bursting with flavor and easy to make, this recipe is excellent for a snack or for a side dish.

Great additions to this recipe are garlic salt, garlic flakes or crushed from fresh garlic, the hot flavor of mingles deliciously with ginger, perfectly balancing with the acidity of the lemon. We prefer this recipe with garlic, but have since modified it for our low-fodmap diet friends.

Benefits of this recipe include essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and fiber!

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Salt

The salt should be added late in the cooking stage or after the vegetables are removed from the oven. This is because salt draws water out, causing dehydrated vegetables. Adding salt at the end will provide the softest, plumpest green beans. Adding salt at the beginning will result in crispy green beans. Crunchy green beans are an excellent snack, whereas plump green beans are preferable for a side-dish with dinner.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

While not absolutely necessary for this recipe, a sprinkle of ACV provides a unique flavor balance that is unidentifiable….but drastically improves the flavor! Because the AVC isn’t added evenly, it provides contrast to each bite. This is important when making any meal. The palette becomes board when bite after bite is the same. Therefore, always strive to make each bite a slightly different flavor of awesome!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups green beans
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • ¼ lemon or 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • sprinkle of apple cider vinegar (not absolutely necessary)

How to

  • Wash and cut beans, spread in 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
  • Add oil, ginger and lemon juice, mix.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove beans from oven, sprinkle with salt and bake for another 15-30 minutes until desired results are achieved.
  • Once baking is complete, sprinkle with apple cider vinegar (no more than 2 tsp).

Variations

  • Add parmesan cheese in the last 10 minutes of baking!
  • Sauté small pieces of bacon in a pan until half-cooked. Use bacon and resulting grease from cooking in place of oil in the recipe.
  • Add garlic salt or flakes!
  • Add sliced onion for extra flavor in the baking phase!

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