I picked up a 32 ounce bag of green beans, “hand-trimmed haricot vert” at Costco the other day (same day I bought the seaweed snacks) and decided to use them tonight with my simple meal of salad and chicken burger. Don’t laugh, but the chicken burger was a sweet caramelized onion chicken burger, gluten free, no preservatives, 150 calories and also from Costco.  Hey, if I don’t make this easy it won’t work!   Chefs can’t make gourmet meals every day, especially when there has to be time for exercise.

The green beans were tossed with some smashed garlic, a little mustard, tarragon, olive oil and freshly ground salt and pepper.  They were roasted in a hot oven and developed nice caramelized areas and the flavor was outstanding.  Only 1 tablespoon of olive for the entire pound of green beans, and that could even be reduced.  Next time I’ll post a photo.

Oven Roasted Haricot Vert
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
1 pound haricot vert (or regular green beans) trimmed
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/4 cup water
2 tsp chopped tarragon, or any herbs
2 tsp whole grain mustard
Freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Toss green beans with all ingredients.  Place on a large sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. If they are still too crunchy for your taste,  reduce heat to 325 and continue roasting until desired tenderness, about 5 more minutes.