String Beans with Garlic and Oil

I was never a fan of string beans until I learned how to cook them properly. Now I love them. The trick is not to overcook them. This is a quick, healthy side dish for all you garlic lovers out there.

String Beans with Garlic and Oil
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe  • Points +: 3 • Smart Points: 2
Calories: 99 • Fat: 7 g • Protein: 2 g • Carbs: 9 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 7 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 0 mgs


  • 1 lb fresh string beans, washed, ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • salt and fresh pepper


Bring a large saucepan filled with 1 inch of water to a boil. Lower a steamer basket filled with the green beans into it, tightly cover the pan, and steam for 4-5 minutes (don’t overcook), until the beans are tender crisp. Drain.

In a saute pan heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until golden. Add string beans, salt and fresh pepper to taste and toss well.