Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Italian Green Beans

Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

1/2 pound fresh or frozen cut green beans
2 tablespoons water
2 1/4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/4 teaspoons seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

Place beans and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic salt and pepper. Drain beans; drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with cheese mixture and toss to coat.

Tips and Tricks
I am not a fan of frozen green beans, but this recipe was very good. In place of garlic salt, I used a shake of garlic powder and a pinch of table salt. I didn't mix the cheese mixture in a separate bowl, just put it straight on the beans to save time and dishes.
Make It Healthier
Omit the garlic salt. Use less olive oil.
How Kids Can Help
Push the buttons on the microwave. Measure ingredients. Toss mixture.

Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup equals 85 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 309 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges
2 vegetable, 1/2 fat

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