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Green Bean and Mushroom Sauté

This green bean and mushroom sauté might not seem exciting at first, but it is a surprisingly nutritious dish (and easy to make).

While the green bean may not be as glamorous or trendy as some vegetables, it’s a great staple to keep in your diet due to what it can provide for the body. Green beans are low in calories and high in fiber. They are also a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. And this holds true for all variations of the green bean, from snap bean to string bean.

Meanwhile, mushrooms are high in antioxidants and vitamin D, both of which can help protect us from cancer. In fact, a 2013 study showed that consuming mushrooms was as effective as taking a vitamin D supplement.

P.S. If you’re strapped for time or short on groceries, you can make this dish with frozen or canned vegetables. While there are a lot of benefits to fresh vegetables, the best vegetables for you are the ones you actually eat. So, don’t let not having fresh veggies stop you from making this delicious, nutritious, and surprisingly simple recipe.

Green Bean and Mushroom Sauté

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz green beans (if fresh, trim ends and cut in half)
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced (pick your favorite, any will work)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat. Make sure you choose a pan that has a lid that fits well.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil.
  3. When the butter/oil is hot, add the mushrooms. Toss or stir around until they are coated in butter/oil. Cook for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the green beans and 1 tablespoon water. Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 2 minutes.  
  5. Uncover and sprinkle the garlic on top of the vegetables and add the second tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for 1-3 additional minutes, depending on how you like your beans. 
  6. Uncover and stir in red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Remove from pan and serve.

Note: where your food comes from matters. Whenever possible, choose organic ingredients and purchase responsibly raised animal products (i.e. grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, hormone-free dairy, etc.)

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