Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Steamed Yellow Beans with Toasted Almonds & Pomegranate Mint Dressing

Yellow Beans with Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate Mint Dressing
Mostly from The Healthiest Meals on Earth

Prep time: 10 minutes
Steam time: 5 minutes

Serves 4


1 lb/450g yellow beans, washed and stems removed (a mix of yellow and green will look lovely)
¾ c pomegranate juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
¼ tsp dry mustard
Small pinch of salt
¼ cup sliced almonds

Extra chopped mint for garnish

1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender. (I love my Braun immersion blender for this job…much easier to clean up). Blend until the mint is finely chopped.

2. Steam or boil the beans. I like to use the microwave – 5 minutes or so - still tender crisp.

3. In the meantime, toast the almonds in a small non-stick skillet and set aside.

4. Place the drained beans in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and additional mint and drizzle with dressing. Toss, taste for seasoning and serve. (Ruth’s note: this is great cold over a salad or hot as a side dish with roasted fish, chicken or meat. My daughter found it too tangy, so she added a little more honey to hers)

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