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Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
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1 lb. fresh green beans, preferably thin French green beans

1 1/2 T olive oil

2 cloves whole garlic

1 T lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 T freshly grated Parmesan

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted in hot pan 1-2 minutes


Trim ends from green beans. Cut beans into pieces about 2 inches long. Put beans into glass bowl, cover with saran wrap and microwave on high 2 minutes. While beans microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice. In a dry pan, toast pine nuts over high heat 1-2 minutes, until they barely start to brown. Set aside. Heat oil in wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add garlic cloves and stir fry about 1 minute. Be sure not to brown the garlic or it will taste bitter. Remove garlic and discard. Add beans and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until beans are barely starting to brown but are still slightly crisp. Lower heat, then pour lemon juice over beans, and stir beans a few times. Turn off heat, then sprinkle lemon zest and Parmesan cheese over beans and stir again. Remove beans to serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, and serve immediately.