Long gone are the days where the non-cooks can only bring paper cups, paper plates, napkins, or drinks to the get-together. There are a variety of options that even those with the least kitchen skills can put together. These Fast & Fabulous Garlic Parmesan Green Beans are certainly a quick and tasty way to showcase your ability to bring a flavorful, fresh, and colorful dish to the next office potluck or dinner party.
Fresh green beans in a microwavable bag caught my attention some time ago. I am not a big fan of canned or frozen green beans, but doing all the prep work to get fresh green beans ready to cook isn’t exactly fast! Marrying already prepared fresh green beans with a quick cooking method like the microwave was right up my alley. Now if you are not a fan of microwaving green beans, there are instructions on how to cook them stovetop. I typically don’t microwave veggies, but these really work well. I usually microwave the smaller bags about 7 minutes, leaving them with a little crunch.
For this recipe, I didn’t bother melting butter and sautéing fresh garlic in a pan, but that is what I typically do. Since I was reaching the non-cook with this recipe, I opted to use garlic powder and microwave melted butter instead, along with salt and pepper. Then I tossed in some grated parmesan, tossed the green beans to spread the goodness around, and they are done!
I love colorful food, so I would suggest topping the green beans with finely diced Roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, or if you don’t want to cut anything, use store bought pimentos or diced cherry peppers. The contrast of the red and green will certainly offer eye appeal to your dish!
- 32 oz Bag of Microwavable Green Beans
- 1/2 cup Melted Butter
- 3 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Prepare green beans in the microwave according to directions on the package. Do not overcook.
- In a large bowl, combine green beans with melted butter, garlic powder, parmesan, salt and pepper.
- Toss to coat evenly.
- I love measurements and all, but I am a taste tester by nature. Take creative license to add more of whatever you would like!
- If you are vegan, use melted coconut oil instead of butter, and use vegan parmesan cheese.