Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Lemon Green Beans

Servings: 4


  • 1 ¼ pounds fresh green beans, stem ends trimmed and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a medium sauté pan, cover beans with cold water. Place on stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Add the olive oil to the sauté pan and return to stove over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until garlic is soft, but not browned, about 4 minutes. Stir often.
  3. Return beans to pan, add salt (if using), lemon juice, and parsley. Stir to combine. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until beans are crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Serve at once.

Nutrition Information

Per serving:71 calories (27% calories from fat), 3 g protein, 2 g total fat (0.3 g saturated fat), 12 g carbohydrates, 5 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 11 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges:1 carbohydrate (2 vegetable)





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