Course : Vegetables
Serves: 4
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1 Pound beans -- green or wax

Preparation / Directions:

When shopping, look for bright, smooth, crisp pods. Just-picked beans. To Prepare: Wash beans; remove ends. Leave beans whole or cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces.To Boil: Place beans in 1 inch water (salted, if desired). Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Boil uncovered 5 minutes. Cover and boil 5 to 10 minutes longer or until crisp-tender; drain.To Steam: Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place beans in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp-tender.To Microwave: Place beans (pieces) and 1/2 cup water in 1-1/2-quart microwavable casserole. Cover tightly and microwave on high 9 to 12 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until crisp-tender. Let stand covered 5 minutes; drain.

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