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Delicious green beans with lemon and herbs

Oh gooooooood, I’m so tired with thinking of things to cook for dinner. I go through spurts of excitement over preparing meals for my family, and there are other times that I just want to serve up a bowl of weetbix and call it a day.

We’ve got my Ma living with us at the moment, for six months while her house is being built, and I’ve put her on dinner duty one night a week {Wednesdays!} so that I don’t have to think about it, and I can’t tell you what joy that brings me. I love not having to think about it.

Last Sunday we had the whole family around for a roast dinner, and we did the works. Including these beans. Such a nice twist on good old beans.

Green breans with lemon and herbs

Beans with lemon and fresh herbs


1/4 cup pine nuts
350g green beans, topped and tailed and rinsed
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs fresh chives, chopped
1 tbs fresh continental parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


♥ In a medium frypan, over medium heat, dry roast the pinenuts {no oil} until they are just golden brown. Put aside.
♥ Bring a large saucepan filled with water to the boil. Cook beans for 2-3 minutes, or until bright green. Remove from saucepan and drain.
♥ Place lemon juice, olive oil, fresh chives, parsley and salt and pepper in a jug. Whisk to combine. Place beans in a serving dish and pour dressing over the top. Toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve.

What are you having for dinner tonight?

  • Yummo, I am just about to have a killer glut of beans on my hands now that spring has arrived. I sometimes roast them off with loads of olive oil and lemon juice and capers. mmm mm. Dinner for us at the moment is roast pumpkin pieces to feed the little one.

    • Roast pumpkin is my favourite. There is never enough!

  • I do something similar but use thyme and sprinkle with goats cheese. SOOO GOOD

  • Oh yum – I love beans and this recipe sounds a treat! I fall into the same rut with cooking family meals – sometimes I just have to hand the duty over to my husband.