Thyme for String Beans

I Googled this question: Are string beans in season now? I also planned to Google wax beans, but the perfect answer for both came from the first question:
“Green beans have long, slender edible pods and are also called string beans or snap beans. Wax beans, another type of snap bean, are similar in flavor to green beans and named for their pale yellow color. Available nearly year-round in supermarkets, the peak season for fresh green and wax beans is May through September.”
So my easy recipe for these lovely beans is perfectly timed (thymed) for August,
right in season!
Utensils: Cutting board and knife, steamer basket and saucepan, serving bowl
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes
Categories: Vegan, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added
Ingredients
Water for pot and steamer basket
2 1/2-3 cups (organic) green and yellow string beans, trimmed
and cut into halves or thirds, if very long
2-3 slices red onion
1/4 cup olive oil (or avocado oil or macadamia nut oil)
juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime
1-2 Tbl. fresh thyme (leaves only)
Sesame seeds
Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions
1. Place water in bottom of a large pot. Insert steamer basket. Bring water to a boil.
2. While water is coming to a boil, wash, trim, and cut green and yellow beans. Add to pot and steam 5-7 minutes.
3. While beans are steaming, cut onion and remove leaves from thyme. (This can be done first if you are afraid that you will overcook the beans.)
4. Remove steamed beans and rinse in cold water, drain well.
5. Place steamed and drained beans in a large bowl for serving. Toss with olive oil, lemon or lime juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is a great side dish for your end of summer picnics! Serves about 4-6 as a side dish, depending on what else you are serving as veggies.
P.S. here’s a little nutritional nugget for green beans (and I also think for wax beans, since they are in the same family.) Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods. Here’s the link: www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134

“A one-cup serving of cooked green beans will provide about 45 calories and 10 grams of carbs…..For example, like their fellow legumes, green beans qualify as an important source of dietary fiber and dietary protein,as well as a source of key minerals like copper, magnesium, and iron.” 

 

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