(Makes about 4 servings)


1 lb. of fresh green beans, preferably thin French green beans

1-1/2 T olive oil (or less, depending on your pan or wok)

2 cloves of whole garlic

1 T lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 T freshly grated Parmesan

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted in hot pan 1-2 minutes



Trim ends from green beans. Cut beans into pieces about 2 inches long.

Put beans into glass bowl, cover with saran wrap and microwave on high about 2 minutes. While beans microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice (You will not need all the juice, freeze the extra to use later).

In a dry pan, toast pine nuts over high heat 1-2 minutes, until they barely start to brown. Set aside. Heat oil in wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add garlic cloves and stir fry about 1 minute. Be sure not to brown the garlic or it will taste bitter.

Remove garlic and discard. Add beans and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until beans are barely starting to brown but are still slightly crisp.

Lower heat, then pour lemon juice over beans, and stir beans a few times. Turn off heat, then sprinkle lemon zest and Parmesan cheese over beans and stir again.

Remove beans to serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and serve immediately.