Green Beans with Olive Oil and Garlic

Green Beans with Olive Oil and Garlic

(makes 12 servings)

2 pounds (960 g) fresh green beans
salt (optional)
1 cup (30 g) loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup (9 g) loosely packed basil leaves
3 garlic cloves, peeled
refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
freshly ground pepper

  1. Soak the green beans in cold water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt (if using) and the drained green beans. Boil until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Finely mince the parsley, basil, and garlic. Set aside.
  4. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add the olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the minced herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and toss until heated through about 3 minutes. Season with salt (if using) and pepper to taste.

Per serving: 37 calories (27% calories from fat), 2 g protein, 1 g total fat (0.2 g saturated fat), 6 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium
Exchanges: 1 vegetable