Thursday, October 23, 2008

Green Beans with Almonds, Lemon and Fried Onions Recipe

As we are all cutting back on spending right now due to all that is happening with our economy, I wanted to share with you some quick, easy, inexpensive budget dinner recipes that can be made at home. I seem to save so much money when I cook these reipes at home and then I take leftovers for next day for lunch. Check out this recipe on a budget.

One of my new favorite networks is the Food Network. Some of my favorite chefs are Giada De Laurentiis and Paula Deen. I also took some cooking classes here in the city which were really helpful. I feel that cooking is like dancing ballet. There are a lot of moving pieces, but once you get the hang of it it all comes togther with the music.

Try out this easy recipe and let me know if you like it. You can also email at to share your recipes.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans or frozen French-cut green beans
  • Salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (2-ounce package)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 can fried onions
  • rosemary


Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a high-sided saute pan. If using fresh beans, cut them lengthwise while you wait for the water to boil. Hint *To cut the prep time in half, you can also buy frozen Green Beans from Trader Joes.

Add salt and green beans to boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain beans and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the butter. When butter is melted, add the almonds and cook until golden brown.

Return the green beans to the pan, along with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, add salt and pepper, to taste. When warmed through, top with fried onions.

*If you use the frozen Green Beans, defrost the green beans in a strainer under cold water in the sink for 5 minutes. Then put in the defrosted green beans into a large bowl. Put the beans into the bowl then add 1/2 a cup of lemon juice, kosher salt and pepper and some olive oil. Toss the mixture and green beans together in the bowl. Place the green beans on a flat oven pan covered in tin foil and then add almonds on top of the green beans and sprinkle rosemary. Place in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. After 10 minutes turn green beans over. After the 20 minutes, top with green beans.

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