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Simple Skillet Green Beans


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon red pepper flake, or to taste

1.5 pounds green beans, trimmed

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 tablespoons water


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper flake and stir to coat the pepper in the oil. Add green beans and cook, stirring often until the beans are blistering and browning in areas, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and salt and cook, stirring constantly until the garlic is fragrant and browning, about 30 seconds. Add water and immediately cover. Cook covered until the beans are bright green and crisp tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


  • SERVING SIZE: 1 cup
  • CALORIES: 70
  • SUGAR: 0 g
  • SODIUM: 230 mg
  • FAT: 5 g
  • SATURATED FAT: 0.5 g 
  • FIBER: 2 g
  • PROTEIN: 1 g


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