If your green beans are fresh: blanch them. That means you drop them into boiling water for, like, 5 minutes tops. Then drain them and move quickly onto step 3 so they stay hot.
If your green beans are frozen and/or are in a steamable bag: Steam them in the microwave and move quickly to step 3 when they’re done.
Heat a little extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Use your discretion for the amount: somewhere between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon should be about right. When the oil starts to shimmer, throw in a small handful of the mint leaves and a crushed clove of garlic (two cloves, if that’s the way you roll). Sautee ’til fragrant — this is less than a minute so be ready for step 3.
Toss the hot green beans into the pan and stir ’til coated. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Eat immediately. Prepare for compliments.
Magic Green Beans: The Remix
Finely dice one or two fresh tomatoes and add to step 3. It’s a bold move, but you can handle it.
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