This nutrient-rich recipe provides benefits to your digestion and bones, as well as contributing to the regulation of cholesterol.
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To start with, green beans have a high fibre content to aid digestion and are a rich source of vitamin K for healing and bone health. Combine these with almonds, which contain the monounsaturated fats that help to regulate cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and you have a dish that not only packs a healthy punch, but looks and tastes great too.
(Makes 8 servings)
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Blanch the green beans in a large saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain. Plunge the beans straight into cold (or iced) water for a minute or 2, then drain again and put to one side in a bowl.
Into a frying pan, add the oil and thinly sliced shallots along with the almonds and crushed garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until tender and lightly browned, then put aside with the beans.
Next, add the cranberries, honey, vinegar and 1 tbsp water into the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are plump.
Allow to cool and then toss with the beans and shallot mixture.
If you’re allergic to nuts, try swapping the almonds for sunflower or pumpkin seeds for similar nutritional benefits.