These simple skillet green beans are a perfect healthy side dish for lazy days of summer. Simple one-pot green bean recipe with garlic, olive oil and a little spice. Vegan, paleo and naturally gluten-free.Simple Skillet Green Beans | Vegan Paleo Glutenfree

Here Laptop sits dangerously teetering on the edge of losing all of his files to some imagined yet unknown disaster and his owner is not even attempting to give a crap. According to the little rectangle in the corner of Laptop’s screen he has not been synced with his back-up disk sitting on his owner’s desk for 23 days. Why? Why, you ask, would this owner be so negligent when it has been so many days, and there is a little rectangle there reminding her? Is that so hard? The answer is simple, she hasn’t plugged it in, in so terribly long, because Laptop has been summering on the lake for precisely 23 days, and it’s owner, is too deeply relaxed to give the above mentioned crap about it.

Simple Skillet Green Beans- 15 minutes, Just garlic, olive oil an red pepper flake! Paleo, vegan and naturally gluten-free. On Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

She is so deeply relaxed that she can not be bothered to speak for herself, and has resorted to speaking about herself in the 3rd person so that she doesn’t have to xert the effort of speaking. She’ll blame it on the sounds of summer on Thompson’s Point.

Simple Skillet Green Beans | Vegan Paleo Glutenfree

The sound of the girls calling Judy T. in for the night, while the little yellow dog seems transfixed by a lightning bug that is so deep in the grass that it must be lost and only lights up often enough to keep her mesmerized and unable to listen to the girls willful calls.


The sound of the south wind whipping off the lake and under the door to my daughters room making a faintly spooky whistling sound, as she’s snuggled under her white matelassé coverlet with her latest Geronimo Stilton book.


The sound of my husband starting the engine of the motorboat while my brother in law unties them from the dock for a quick–I promise we’ll be back in like 40 minutes–fishing sesh.


The cheerful “Helooos!” from the walking traffic that steadily graces our front lawn as other people who have cottages on the lakefront make their way on the toe path from one cottage to the next.


The bark of my sister’s terrier as our neighbors drop in unexpectedly, with Ricky Bobbies in hand, to ask if we want to walk over to the tennis courts for a game of bocce.


The whack! of the screen door as my sister Jessie arrives home with a bag of grass fed steaks, sweet corn and fresh tender green beans from the farmers market.


These are the sounds of summer on Thompson’s Point. These are the sounds that lull her/me into the state of complete relaxation and they are the reason that when asked or told to “go to your happy place” that place is here. More specifically, that happy place is about one foot from the foot of the stairs to our porch on the lawn overlooking the bay. These are the sounds that make me speak of myself in the third person, forget to take my laptop home and back it up for 23 days, and those that make me want to sit on my butt reading Sweet Paul or fishing for perch instead of coming up with chocolate raspberry tarts and multi-stepped recipes.

Simple Skillet Green Beans | Vegan Paleo Glutenfree

I hope you don’t mind. But the green beans are delicious none-the-less. They take minimal effort and will only take Laptop’s owner away from her summer just long enough for her to realize how lucky she is.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 5 cups

Calories per serving: 70

Fat per serving: 5 g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.5 g

Carbs per serving: 6 g

Protein per serving: 1 g

Fiber per serving: 2 g

Sugar per serving: 0 g

Sodium per serving: 230 mg

simple skillet green beans

These simple skillet green beans are a perfect healthy side dish for lazy days of summer. Simple one-pot green bean recipe with garlic, olive oil and a little spice. Vegan, paleo and naturally gluten-free.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flake, or to taste
  • 1.5 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper flake and stir to coat the pepper in the oil. Add green beans and cook, stirring often until the beans are blistering and browning in areas, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and salt and cook, stirring constantly until the garlic is fragrant and browning, about 30 seconds. Add water and immediately cover. Cook covered until the beans are bright green and crisp tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


0 mg Cholesterol, 0 g Added Sugar


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