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A plate of microwaved green beans in a white bowl topped with slivered almonds.
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Quick Nuked (Microwaved) Green Beans

Microwaving green beans delivers better color, texture, and vitamin retention. Plus, it's great for lazy people like me!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, Primal, Vegetarian, Whole30
Servings: 4
Calories: 35kcal


Optional Toppings

  • Lemon juice
  • Splash of vinegar
  • Handful of toasted slivered almonds


  • Put the greens beans and water in a covered glass container and stick it in the microwave. Nuke it for 2 minutes on high, stir things around, and then nuke for another 2 minutes and stir things around again. After that, zap the beans in 1 minute intervals to get the beans to the proper doneness (total of ~8 minutes) and drain the excess liquid.
  • Throw on the butter and season with salt and pepper. You can also squeeze a bit of lemon juice, a splash of vinegar, and/or some toasted slivered almonds.
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Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g