It doesn't have to be that way. That's why we created this delicious — yet ridiculously simple — recipe for skillet green beans bathed in brown butter, then tossed with fresh tarragon, Dijon mustard and lemon zest. Top the whole thing with toasted sunflower seeds and call it good. Total effort? Only about 20 minutes, and about half of that is hands-off.
Sunflower seeds (get unsalted) don't do it for you? Substitute toasted pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas) or chopped toasted hazelnuts.
GREEN BEANS WITH TARRAGON, MUSTARD AND SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Start to finish: 20 minutes
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
In a large deep skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the butter for 5 minutes, or until it is toasty and fragrant. Add the green beans and salt, then stir to coat. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the green beans are just tender. Stir in the tarragon, mustard, lemon zest and sunflower seeds. Serve hot.
Nutrition information per serving: 140 calories; 100 calories from fat (71 per cent of total calories); 11 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 3 g protein; 340 mg sodium.