Skillet Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

Makes 6 Servings


1 teaspoon olive oil

3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

Pinch cayenne

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or low-sodium vegetable broth)

1-1/2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

Salt and ground black pepper

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Combine oil, garlic, thyme and cayenne together in a 12-inch nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the broth and add the green beans. Increase heat to medium-high, cover and cook until beans are tender with a light crunch in the center, about 6 to 9 minutes.
  2. Push the green beans to one side of the skillet. Whisk the cornstarch and water together, then pour into the empty side of the skillet and bring to a simmer, about 30 seconds. Toss the sauce with the green beans and continue to cook, uncovered, until the green beans are tender and the sauce has thickened, 1 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the skillet from heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese before serving.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: Calories: 60, Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0g, Carbohydrate 9g, Protein: 3g, Fiber: 4g, Sodium: 140mg


Recipe Courtesy of: The Best Light Recipe ©2006 by the Editors of Cools Illustrated, ISBN: 0-936184-97-3

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