Green bean season is in full swing from now until early October, and with Michigan being one of the largest producers of green beans in the U.S., most farmers markets will have them in abundance for the next few weeks.
That’s good news for us because this veggie is both delicious and versatile. You can steam, boil, grill, pan sear, braise and even pickle green beans without losing their beautiful color and flavor. While you can do just about anything with this versatile veggie, they are probably best served fresh – standing in the garden or eaten right out of the bag in the car trip home from the farmers market!
Green beans are very low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. They’re also rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber and Vitamins A and C. Research shows green beans maintain high levels of Vitamin B even after cooking, and they could potentially be a good source of silicon, a mineral that promotes stronger bones. All this means green beans deserve a regular spot in any healthy eating plan!
Once you return home from the farmer’s market with a batch of fresh green beans, try making this delicious recipe for Green Bean Hummus.
- 4 cups green beans, trimmed and snapped in pieces
- 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 4-5 tablespoons of Tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 3 cloves of garlic, roasted slightly
- 1/3 cup of slivered almonds
- Pinches of cayenne pepper, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Microwave the beans in a covered glass bowl with ¼ cup of water until just barely tender – approx. 3-4 minutes – careful not to overcook them. Let cool for a few minutes then place in food processor along with all remaining ingredients.
- Pulse about 20 seconds until desired texture (add olive oil if too thick and additional slivered almonds if too thin).
- Makes 4 servings, about 1.25 cups is 1 serving.
- 198.7 calories; 12.2 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 91.9 mg sodium; 19.3 g carbs; 7.7 g fiber; 0.7 g sugars; 8.2 g protein
This hummus is great to serve as dip with vegetables, crackers, even green beans! It’s also great to use in place of butter or mayonnaise on sandwiches.