Green beans are one of those vegetables that are available year round at the grocery store. Make sure you buy ones that have a nice bright color and are free of blemishes.
With just a sprinkle of salt and two minutes in the microwave, you’ve got a fresh vegetable for dinner. Given they cook so quickly, make only enough for what you are going to eat for dinner tonight.
About 24 (four inch long) green beans will be enough for two servings.
The first thing you have to do is “top and tail” the beans. That’s the official term used to nip the tips off each end of the beans.
You can line them up and with a knife cut the ends off. As long as the beans are young and fresh, they should not be stringy. If they are stringy you will need to nip the ends off, one at a time, with your fingers. This same technique is used when making snow peas as well.
Sort of drag the tip off, pulling any of the stringy bit off as you go.
Rinse the beans in a colander.
Put them in a microwave safe dish. Add about 2 Tablespoons of water.
Cover the beans with plastic wrap leaving a small corner open.
If you seal them completely, the plastic wrap will almost shrink-wrap itself to the beans. This makes it a lot harder to remove the plastic wrap and much more likely you will get burned by the trapped steam.
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