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Pan-Fried Green Beans

I know many of you are looking for ways to get your kids to eat more vegetables. While many strategies exist, some of which I outline here, you can’t deny the power of taste.

If you can make vegetables taste good, you’ve got a leg up on getting your kid to eat them.

Pan-fried green beans

I created this recipe for pan-fried, salt and pepper green beans while I was on vacation last summer. When the green beans were freshly picked and heaping high in the bin at the farm stand.

What can I say? The green beans were irresistible.

I think your kids will find these pan-fried green beans equally seductive.

Pan-Fried, Salt and Pepper Green Beans

You will need:

1# fresh green beans (or 1-2 packages of fresh, steam-in-the-bag beans which you can find in the produce section)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper


In a large skillet, arrange the rinsed and trimmed green beans. Add a ½ cup of water. Cover and steam on medium-high heat until beans are bright green and have softened, about 5 minutes. Drain the water and add the olive oil.

Toss the green beans so they are coated with oil. Continue to pan-fry them on medium-high heat, tossing and turning them with tongs, until the some of the beans start to brown and crisp up—this can take 5-10 minutes, depending on how “brown and crispy” you like them.

Turn off the heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

*Make it Fast Tip: You can skip the steaming step if you purchase steam-in-the-bag green beans. Just microwave them according to package directions and dump them in the skillet with olive oil and pan-fry.

How does your child like green beans?

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