green beans

Citrus Green Beans for the Holidays

I wanted to share a green bean recipe that's great for the upcoming holidays.  I've been making it for a few years and it's always a big hit!  You can make it vegan style or not, but either way, it's delish!

Citrus Green Beans for the Holidays!


Recipe Type: side dish, vegetable


  • 1 pound green beans
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lime (or 1/2 orange)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4C water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance or butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Wash and drain beans. Trim off stem ends.
  2. Blanch beans in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes or until crisp tender.
  3. Stop the cooking process by removing beans to an ice bath.
  4. After a minute, drain and set aside.
  5. Over medium-high heat, saute zest and garlic.
  6. Just before the garlic begins to golden, add water, beans and Earth Balance.
  7. Toss until well combined and beans are tender.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve!