Beans, Basil and Balsamic!

by zesty on February 12, 2010 · 9 comments

It’s Friday!!  Last night I was trying to think of what to make for supper and I remember picking up some green beans and I thought it would be a great side dish to go with some baked haddock.  It was so nice to have just a simple dinner after a long day.  I was really impressed with the flavor combination on the beans.  Balsamic vinegar is a great addition to any quick vegetable saute.


To finish off the beans, I topped them with Parmesan cheese and sliced almonds.


  • 2 Cups of Green Beans
  • 1 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Basil Paste
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Sliced almonds
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat saute pan on high and add the water and beans.
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    Kitty on the counter making sure everything is going according to plan.

  3. Cook beans until the water dissolves about 3 minutes and then add balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil paste
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  5. Stir fry for another minute and add the pepper.
  6. Top off with sliced almonds and Parmesan cheese
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: To make a garlic paste, slice the garlic finely and add a little bit of salt on the board and rub the garlic back and forth over it on the board.  The salt will break down the garlic and make a great paste for the beans.

So there you have it!  A quick and simple bean dish for absolutely everyone.  Try it and let me know what you think.  As I was eating it last night I thought that a nice addition would be a splash of some red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to really quick it up.  Nonetheless I enjoyed it!

I hope you have an awesome Friday and a great Valentine’s day!  We have a busy weekend lined up with the Olympics, Jack Frost Winter Festival, and some music lessons.  Enjoy your weekend and we shall talk on Monday.

Take care


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