French Beans with Toasted Almonds

Here’s one of my favourite dishes. Fresh, crunchy, flavourful, and with lots of healthy, filling fat.

Notes: 1. All the ingredients are on the list of low carb foods. 2. I haven’t given amounts for the ingredients to allow for preferences and hunger – you’ll figure it out.


  • French (green) beans
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Sliced almonds

What To Do

  1. Start a pot of water boiling. Add a tablespoon of salt (seems a lot, but most of it will be tossed with the water). 
  2. While that’s heating up, fry sliced almonds over low heat with plenty of butter until brown, stirring occasionally. 
  3. While that’s happening, stem the beans (if there are any). Keep an eye on the almonds to make sure they don’t burn. 
  4. When light brown, immediately take almonds off the heat and transfer to another bowl to stop them cooking. Toss with a bit of salt. (Note from experience: Beware of snacking on them right away – they are extremely hot and will burn your mouth). 
  5. Blanch the green beans in the boiling water for 2 minutes (if they are very thin, 1 minute should be enough). They should turn a nice, brilliant green. 
  6. Drain the water and add a big knob of butter to the beans in the drained pot. 
  7. Fry the beans over medium heat, tossing until the butter is melted and coats the beans. If you like them soft, keep going – the longer you go, the more cooked they will be. I prefer to keep it short – just enough to melt the butter. 
  8. Serve with the almonds, which should now be cool and crunchy. 


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