Spicy Almond Green Beans

April 13, 2011


Have you ever had those frozen Bird’s Eye green beans that some with almond slivers on top? Oh man! They are so good. I hate to admit it, but they are.

My fiancé is a fool for those things, and though I think they are delightful, I prefer to make and eat them fresh. So here you go folks, bright green beans with butter, toasted almonds and a little spice!

Ingredients: (serves 2)

green beans (a good handful, about a quarter pound)

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup sliced (or slivered) almonds

red pepper flakes (to taste)

salt (to taste)


Wash the green beans and snap off any of those pesky stems you find.


Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.


We could stop right there because butter and olive oil are enough for me. But why not push through? The green beans are so worth it.

When the butter has melted, add in the green beans.


Toss the beans in the butter and oil mixture and let them get nice and brown along the edges. The butter should turn a deep golden brown and the liquids in the pan will pucker and sizzle. Cook just a few minutes.

While the green beans are cooking, toast the almonds in a separate pan on low heat for about 2 minutes.


Then, add the almonds to the green beans and toss to combine.


Season with salt and a few good shakes of the red pepper flakes.


Serve and enjoy!


*And a HUGE thank you to the Pioneer Woman for featuring my grilled cheese sandwich! So exciting! Love you Ree! Click here to see the post.

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The Teenage Taste April 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Hehe, glad I’m not the only one who has eaten those Birds Eye frozen veggies. The ones with the almonds are my favorite.
This recipe seems so easy to make. I could definitely see myself making these very soon!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Those frozen veggies are irresistable! Hope you like the recipe. :)

natalie (the sweets life) April 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

i’ve always loved the almond/green bean combo but i’ve never tried it with the red pepper! must try!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

You must! Hope you like it!

Aparna E. April 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Ooh Jen! This sounds so good. I’m always looking for ways to make green beans more snazzy and delicious!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thanks, Aparna! I hope you like them! I bet you could add a bit of curry and make these even tastier. Now I’m wishing I’d thought of that… :(

Aparna E. April 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

OMG. That sounds like a novel idea, and something I think my mom would probably do! I’ll give it a try and let you know how it turns out!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

My grandmother makes this all the time. It’s one of my favourite dishes!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

That’s so sweet! My Grandma used to make me the best white rice with onions and mushrooms. Love simple family dishes.

Cassie April 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I love green beans with almonds! They’re also good if you add in a dash or two of low-sodium soy sauce to this recipe!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm


lisa@smartfoodandfit.com April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

This is a popular Italian side dish in my family, but your’s is a healthier version. My family likes to drench everything in olive oil, literally you could swim in it. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oooh, I’d love to know your family’s recipe!

Clarissa April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

I don’t do beans – I know, it’s a tragedy. But I would make spicy almond something! Maybe…chicken?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

No problem! I totally get it. There are a few veggies that I’m not so fond of either. :( Try subbing in broccoli or asparagus for the beans and see if that grabs you!

Jenny (The Housewife Project) April 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

I am desperately in need of good veggie dishes, so thank you! This one looks good. I usually just steam veggies and serve them plain (or maybe with a little butter and salt). My husband and kids are not very impressed.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

LOL! You are a hoot! I love steamed veggies, but give this a try and see if it wins their favor. ;)

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