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Green Beans with Lime

Green bean lime

This recipe was inspired by an appetizer from a now-gone Mexican restaurant called the Forest Cafe in Cambridge, Mass. It has just four ingredients and is done in 15-20 minutes. Even better, it’s simple enough to be made, start to finish, by your kids!


  • 2 lb. green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (can also use kosher or table salt if necessary)
  • Olive oil


  1. Clean and trim ends off of green beans.  Dry thoroughly.
  2. Finely chop garlic.
  3. Cover bottom of large sauté pan with olive oil, heat on medium/high heat until oil shimmers.
  4. Put green beans in pan (careful – will splatter).  Cook, stirring frequently, until beans start to lightly brown.
  5. Push beans to one side, pour in garlic with some more olive oil and sauté for a minute. Don’t let garlic start to brown (garlic will get bitter).  Mix garlic with beans.
  6. Pour in lime juice and cook for another minute, remove from heat.
  7. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve.