Foodies will roll their eyes that I think it worthwhile to put this recipe up, but it’s new-to-me that there’s such a simple upgrade to frozen green beans.
1 – 2 packages (12 or 16 oz each) plain frozen cut green beans
2 – 4 cloves garlic, depending on size
2 – 3 tbsp butter
With apologies for the vague ranges of quantities.
Microwave the green beans according to package directions. Drain if needed.
Mince the garlic and melt the butter in a skillet. (I use non-stick; not sure if the outcome would differ with stainless steel.) Cook the garlic for 30 seconds or so – just long enough for it to be aromatic, not so long as to look burnt. (The browned bits in the picture are not what you’re aiming at!) Add the green beans, toss in the butter-garlic mixture and sauté briefly.
Guard your share of the green beans carefully against any teen boys at the table with you.
Note that either plain “cut green beans” or the long green beans that Aldi’s sells work fine, and the picture below was a mix of both. But “French style” green beans didn’t work at all. There are also similar recipes using olive oil instead of butter and this also came out much more meh. But, as someone who is not a big salad or veggie eater, but is trying to move away from peas and corn being the usual choices, this is becoming my new go-to.