Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Almonds

This vibrant meal can be a tasty main or a vegetarian side with a refreshing tang.  

The almonds add a gorgeous crunch that balances the tartness of the lemon.  Most of the energy comes from olive oil, which provides a decadent taste.  The crunchy beans offer a wide range of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A, C, K, folate, potassium and iron.  

While the almonds provide a tasty crunch, you could always substitute pumpkin or sunflower seeds.


One serve provides 180 calories, 4 g protein, 15 g fat, g of net carbs and P:E = 0.1.


The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients provided by 2000 calories of this recipe relative to the Optimal Nutrient Intakes.  



  • 100 g green beans, ends cut off  
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 30 g flaked almonds
  • Juice and zest of half a lemon


  • Add the olive oil to a frypan and heat to a medium heat.
  • Add beans and stir as they cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Add crushed garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper and stir so all the beans are coated.
  • Add almonds and stir.
  • Squeeze on lemon juice and stir. 
  • Taste a bean and make sure it is cooked to your liking.  They are nice with a bit of crunch, but if you prefer them more cooked, keep cooking for longer.