Healthy recipe: Blue cheese-walnut green beans

Yield: 4 servings, about 1 cup each

Servings: 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Description:

These green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.

Recipe Ingredients:

1. 1 pound green beans, trimmed

2. 1/4 cup water

3. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

4. 1/4 teaspoon salt

5. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

6. 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

7. 1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts (see Tip)

Recipe Steps:

1. Bring green beans and water to a boil in a large skillet. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are just tender, 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more.

2. Add oil, salt and pepper to the pan and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Transfer the beans to a large bowl and toss with blue cheese until well coated. Sprinkle each serving with walnuts.

Recipe Tip:

To toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 163 calories; 12 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 4 g fiber; 302 mg sodium; 233 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value), Vitamin A (15% dv).

1/2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 2 fat logo