Are you looking for a delicious and refreshing side dish that celebrates the vibrant flavors of seasonal vegetables? Look no further than this delightful recipe for Sautéed Asparagus and Beans. Bursting with the tried and true flavors of lemon, garlic, and butter, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. And to add a delightful crunch, we top it off with gently toasted pine nuts.
Eating seasonally not only benefits the environment but also enhances the taste of your dishes. When you use fresh and delicious vegetables, it’s important to respect their natural flavors. This recipe for Sautéed Asparagus and Beans does just that. By using simple and wholesome ingredients, it enhances the natural goodness of the veggies. Whether you’re hosting a summer BBQ or celebrating Christmas, this dish will surely be a hit.
- Asparagus: To fully enjoy the flavors of asparagus, it’s crucial to cook them while they’re fresh. For tips on how to keep them crisp, check out the Storage section below.
- Green Beans: Store green beans in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer, either in the bag they came in or in a ziplock plastic bag. When trimming, try to cut as little as possible.
- Pine Nuts: Though they might be a bit pricey, pine nuts are worth every penny. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, they bring a rich and oily flavor that perfectly complements green veggies.
Note: For the full list of ingredients and quantities, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Wash and trim the asparagus and beans. Pour boiling water over them, enough to cover, and let them stand for 10 minutes. Then, drain.
- Heat butter in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the beans and asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the crushed garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the greens.
- Place the cooked greens on a serving dish, sprinkle toasted pine nuts and lemon zest over them, and serve immediately.
To ensure the best taste, it’s recommended to use fresh asparagus for this recipe. If you buy it a few days in advance, there are a few storage tips you can follow. As soon as you get home, trim the ends of the asparagus and place them in a jar or cup of water. Cover the top with a plastic bag and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook. Any leftover sautéed greens can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
These sautéed greens pair exceptionally well with baked vegetables for a roast dinner. While your meat and roast vegetables are cooking, you can get started on this recipe, which will be ready in just 30 minutes.
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