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Green beans are a rich source of vitamin K, C, and A, as well as health-promoting carotenoid phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. And one cup contains only 44 calories— great reasons to enjoy this easy-to-prepare recipe as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating.

1 lb green beans
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

* Optional:
3 TBS goat cheese
2 TBS sliced almonds
4-5 drops tamari or soy sauce
1 TBS sliced sun dried tomatoes
2 TBS roasted red bell peppers
1 TBS chopped basil

Chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out its health promoting properties.

Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of watger.

While steam is building up in steamer, cut ends off green beans.

Steam for 5 minutes. A fork should pierce through them easily when they are done.

Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss green beans with the remaining ingredients while they are sill hot.

Serves 2

Healthy Cooking Tips:

To mellow the flavor of the garlic, add garlic to green beans for the last 2 minutes of steaming.

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