Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

I cannot help but make these green beans every week because they are so darn tasty. I've found the trifecta for perfect green beans in this recipe - it's cheap, fast, and delicious. My kids won't eat them, but they will come around.

The green beans get a nice char in the oven with a little help from a sprinkle of sugar which aids in browning. Then a quick vinaigrette, started in the microwave, dresses the beans and provides that irresistible garlic and lemon flavor.


1.5 pounds green beans

4 tablespoons olive oil (I like California Olive Ranch evoo)

Kosher salt and black pepper

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 Lemon

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon basil or other herb (optional)