April 10, 2018 73

Lemony Green Beans with Toasted Almonds + Parmesan

Naturally gluten-free, lemony green beans.
Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Minimalism runs through my veins.

When I was little.

I used to throw everything away.

My parents would literally comb through my trash.

And pick seemingly useful things out of it.

Because they couldn’t stand the waste.

And while I didn’t mean to be wasteful.

I just couldn’t stand the clutter.

And now, as an adult, I still hate clutter. A few years ago I learned about Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – and I fell in love with her approach. Little by little I kondo-ed my entire house and my life. Clothes I never wore. Clothes that made me feel fat. Friendships that were toxic. Social media accounts that brought me down. All of it. I craved the process. Too many things, untidy spaces – these things make me feel less in control of my life, and very anxious.

My husband though – he loves things. He’s sentimental in nature and his many objects bring him joy. Over the years and with my help, he’s reduced his number of belongings. With each move we’ve made together {Denver – Philly – St. Louis} his tangible possessions became fewer. And although he sometimes fights the notion of letting go – he always feels better after he does.

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal and I like to take time this season to rid my life of unwanted things. As well as organize the ones that are purposeful. My friend Melissa’s new book The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques will help us do exactly that. It doesn’t matter if minimalism isn’t something that comes naturally to you or if it’s something you’ve never wanted – Melissa’s approach to living and cooking is everything you’ve ever needed.

I have a few spring cleaning projects on my list and The Minimalist Kitchen inspired me to tackle my pantry first. Which had grown wildly out of control with unlabeled jars, bags that weren’t sealed properly and containers toppling over and falling out. I took tips straight from her book on how to organize a minimalist pantry and that part of my kitchen feels damn good right now.

It’s important to note – I intentionally chose not to put labels on my jars because I like to write the content ingredients on the bottom with a Sharpie. For me, it feels tidier. And the Sharpie washes right off with either a magic eraser or a little elbow grease. But labeling containers visibly on the front seems to work fantastically for most. And these are the lids I love!

Okay, now to the lemony green beans! I chose to make Melissa’s lemony green beans because they felt springy and fresh and the ingredients were, minimal. Lemony green beans and parmesan and toasted almonds sing together. The other great part about this recipe is that it takes less than fifteen minutes to make.

And last but not least, I’m giving away a copy of The Minimalist Kitchen. Are you a minimalist by nature? Enter the giveaway by letting me know in the comments below. I will choose a winner at random on April 20 at noon Central and notify them by email. Sorry folks, this giveaway is open to US and Canada readers only.

Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Lemony Green Beans with Almonds + Parmesan | Lemony green beans with parmesan and almonds. A springy, summery, vegetarian and naturally gluten-free side dish that comes together in less than fifteen minutes.

Lemony Green Beans with Toasted Almonds + Parmesan

Prep Time 5
Cook Time 8
Total Time
Serves 4

Recipe from Melissa Coleman's The Minimalist Kitchen.


1 pound French green beans {haricots verts}

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey {see notes}

2 tablespoons sliced toasted almonds

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

pink Himalayan salt, to taste

black pepper, to taste


Fill a large and deep sauté pan two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil. 

Salt the water liberally and add in the beans. Cook for 4 minutes and drain.

Return the beans to the pan and add in the olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Over medium-high heat cook the beans for 3 minutes.

Plate and garnish with the almonds and parmesan. Season with more salt and pepper if desired. 

Recipe Notes

I have made these with and without honey, and both are fantastic. If you prefer, this ingredient can be eliminated.

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Thanks to the folks at Oxmoor House for gifting me an advance copy of The Minimalist Kitchen!

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73 Responses to "Lemony Green Beans with Toasted Almonds + Parmesan"

  1. Reply

    Allyce (ceceonthego)

    April 10, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    I love your recipes and I feel like I could take some notes on using less (minimal) ingredients as well as minimizing my pantry. I’m a chronic offender of buying somewhat odd ingredients for one specific recipe and not using it again or in anything else. I would love to learn techniques on cutting some of it out.

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      April 11, 2018 at 6:55 PM

      Green beans! I have missed them so. I am a minimalist in my head, but not in practice but it seems to be evolving in me. I’m starting to find myself thinking “Oh I don’t need that, I already have something close enough” or “Why do I still have this?”. When was the last time it got used? Is it helpful?” Currently emptying my closets and drawers. It feels nice. I definitely have room for a new cookbook though, that’s for sure!

  2. Reply

    Alayna Angus

    April 10, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    I guess I would say I’m a minimalist. The less clutter I have, the more organized I feel. xo

  3. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    I am a minimalist in every way. I am happy with just life, love, sunshine and living each day to the fullest.

  4. Reply

    Kelly walsh

    April 10, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Yes! Less is more in every aspect of one’s life. It’s about being truly mindful with what you have and may desire. Finding the essentials in one’s life is key to accomplishing this. My happy place.

  5. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Yes, please! Minimalism also contributes to less pollution, less litter and an over all cleaner environment.

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      April 10, 2018 at 9:02 PM

      Yes, yes, yes to this!

  6. Reply

    Andrea Lotempio

    April 10, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    They look yummy and – as a calorie counter and search for good and easy meals – I say yes to beans!

  7. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    Yes, I’ve been called a minimalist by friends but I certainly feel like I could do better. Would love to learn more.

  8. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    When you remove the unimportant, you make room for the important. You discover what has meaning to you.

  9. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    When it comes to cooking, yes, I like things to be as easy as possible. In other aspects of my life, not so much. I have a tendency to overdo it in most cases and it drives me crazy. I need a lot of help with this.

  10. Reply

    Christy Qualin

    April 10, 2018 at 9:50 PM

    I make green beans this way all the time! Good for asparagus as well. I strive for minimalism but sentimentalism over-powers me! Would love that book!

    • Reply


      April 10, 2018 at 10:20 PM

      It’s so easy. So simple! And haha, you sound like my husband, I love it.

  11. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    I am becoming minimalist. It’s been a huge year for me, and I’ve been detoxing my diet, my friends, my clothes, my excessive spice drawer that had things from years ago. It’s such an amazingly freeing feeling. I feel so accomplished when I get rid of stuff that I know I don’t use, and regardless of the voice in my head that says – but you might want that someday – I know I really won’t. I’m working on getting better at it. I’d love a copy of the cookbook, and truthfully almost bought it on Amazon the other day, so if I don’t win it, I’ll probably buy it, but I’d love to win it. And by the way – the green beans look delicious! xo

  12. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    I’d love her book! Having two kids and a busy life – I’ve become more minimalistic and love it!

  13. Reply


    April 10, 2018 at 10:27 PM

    No, I’m not a minimalist but I aspire to be. I’ve been purging my home for a while now so on my way there.

  14. Reply

    Carrie Smith

    April 10, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    I am becoming more of a minimalist! I hate visual clutter and I get a little bit of a rush giving things away or throwing them out!

  15. Reply

    kelli winter

    April 10, 2018 at 11:02 PM

    This post resonates with me so very much. I LOVE TO PURGE! It feels really good to only have the things you need, the things you use at least weekly. Every time I move I get rid of more stuff than I take. The most fun was when I lived in a neighborhood in a small town where most people walked everywhere. I simply put stuff out on the curb in a box labeled ‘free’. Then I would sit on my porch and watch people find new things they wanted and loved. Even now, years later I see some of my old things being used by others around town. It’s a great feeling, to have only what I need and to gift the rest to others.

  16. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 2:36 AM

    Have been waiting for this book and can’t wait to open it! I am minimalist by nature but i think that there is always something new to learn! Thank you for this giveaway!

  17. Reply

    Johanna Woodbury

    April 11, 2018 at 4:17 AM

    I’m striving for a more minimalist lifestyle for sure.

  18. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 4:40 AM

    That recipe looks beautiful. I would have never thought of adding honey. I will try that next time I make green beans. I desire to be a minimalist, but I seem to collect things. Eventually I find a new home for what’s in the way, but I can’t stand throwing things away. I don’t mind getting rid of it, but I’d rather give it away, donate it or sell it. Just hate trashing things that are still good.

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      April 11, 2018 at 9:48 PM

      Oh I never throw things away! But I do make several trips to the favorite donation spots a month, haha. Good luck on your quest, Annette! xo

  19. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 5:58 AM

    I would be a minimalist, but I need time to declutter! I am trying not to buy stuff, so hoping that will help. And maybe I’ll tackle the pantry this weekend! Can’t wait to check out this cookbook.

    • Reply


      April 11, 2018 at 9:46 PM

      It can feel super overwhelming and time consuming to declutter when you think about doing your whole house, your whole life. Start small. Tackle one single project a day. For instance my kitchen pantry in this post took just 30 minutes. Good luck and thanks for entering, Liz! xo

  20. Reply

    Jovita Crasta

    April 11, 2018 at 6:11 AM

    To aspire, to idealize and act – -working on it and its a one day at a time project. Trying not to loose hope and to enjoy everything we have vs. saving for a rainy day. It’s today that matters! – With love and thanks for your inspiration.

  21. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 6:39 AM

    Okay, so I’m not a minimalist. I’m trying to be better about all of it. But I’m very organized and definitely care about the environment so the things I purchase are reusable and should help with less waste. But man, I’m definitely more of a Chris! Ha.

    • Reply


      April 11, 2018 at 9:41 PM

      I guess that’s not such a bad thing, xo.

  22. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    I was inspired to become a minimalist when I read Marie Kondo’s book. It is an ongoing process for me. I would love to receive this new book. Beautiful photos and the recipe looks yummy!

  23. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

    I am a minimalist or at least trying my best to be one! I like everything to have its place and a purpose though I will admit there is still a junk drawer in my kitchen.

  24. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Not to the level yet, but trying to be.

  25. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    I am a sentimentalist working hard towards being more of a minimalist!
    I feel the exact same was you do about clutter! Order and organization give me peace of mind and washes away the anxiety.

  26. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    I am not a minimalist naturally but lately I’ve been trying to move in that direction. There is always so much stuff and a constant message that we still need more stuff – it really is getting overwhelming.

  27. Reply

    Anne Herzberg

    April 11, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    I’m not much of a minimalist, but I would love the extra guidance!

  28. Reply

    Kelly Nickell

    April 11, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Hello Sher! I discovered minimalism and zero waste around the the same time and it has changed my life! I was carrying around so much stuff in my house, my cupboards, my closets, and it was giving me anxiety. To me, minimalism and zero waste go hand in hand. By creating less waste, you need to reuse a lot of things and by reusing a lot of things you by less things and notice the things you don’t use or need anymore. Especially in the kitchen! My cupboards don’t look exactly like yours, but now I can see everything I have and keep a better inventory system. And that makes me happy.

  29. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    I can be a minimalist about some things (clothes are one I have no trouble getting rid of), but in other things I definitely struggle with it. This book sounds fantastic and like a great way to make more strides in cleaning up the clutter for good!

  30. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    I am a minimalist wannabe. I intend to cook and live in a minimalist way, but I never quite get there.

  31. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    I am looking at retiring next January and the one thing on my mind every day is definitely minimalizing the non-value added facets of life and daily living and focus on what is important to my existence and journey on this earth – especially on the new journey ahead of me, which I am very excited about. I am hungry for new approaches to a minimalistic life. This book sounds like me.

  32. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    I’m a bizarre minimalist. I have sparse rooms that look like a monk lives here because I don’t like clutter but don’t open my cabinets and closets! I’m unorganized to say the least. I started tackling my kitchen cabinets and love the pull-out organizer shelving at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It’s a start. Thanks for the motivation and the giveaway!

  33. Reply

    Emily Harrison

    April 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    I’m a collector by nature, but I want to be more minimalist. Clutter stresses me out!

  34. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    I am definitely a minimalist. I only buy the groceries we plan to eat that week. I don’t but frivolous items – except on vacation. We don’t keep unnecessary items around the house. My husband and I do not like clutter, so we both appreciate the minimalist lifestyle!

  35. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Definitely not a minimalist by nature. I keep trying to change my “pack rat” ways because less stuff that is organized feels so good!

  36. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    I’m unfortunately not a minimalist. I wish I was and every time I try to sort things out and get rid of things it’s never enough. I have a lot of work to do but it’ll get done eventually.

  37. Reply

    Elizabeth W

    April 11, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    I definitely incorporate aspects into my life as it calms me.

  38. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Unfortunately, I am definitely not a minimalist by nature. It is something I have to constantly work at! I just want to collect everything, I think it’s the naturalist in me.

  39. Reply

    Susi Brust

    April 11, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    A trick I have learned to avoid filling up my pantry with items I don’t use regularly, is to purchase in bulk only the amount required by the recipe I am making. It saves money and down the road I no longer have little bags and jars of small amounts that I will never use.

  40. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Oh, I’m so not a minimalist by nature. I wish I was, but like your husband, I’m pretty sentimental. This is something I’m trying really hard to work on as of late. I truly believe your surroundings have a huge impact on your mental health. And both my space and my brain have been pretty cluttered as of late. These green beans sound nice and springy!

  41. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    I aspire to minimalism! Clutter makes me anxious as well and yet after three moves, two round of grad school, a career I’m passionate about, and a baby – Stuff. Is. Everywhere! We are working on it. Started with the nursery and then the kitchen. My two favorite places.

  42. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Yes, totally.

  43. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    I’m right there with you about labels! I prefer without, and writing on the bottom is genius. I’d love a copy of this book to keep our meals fresh and simple.

  44. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    When in doubt, throw it out. I try at least, but not with cookbooks!

  45. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Beginning my adventure in minimalizing, I’m sure this book would be inspirational.

  46. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Yes, but I haven’t always been a minimalist. My closet never seemed to downsize until I watched The Minimalists on Netflix. So good.

  47. Reply


    April 11, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    I’m not a natural minimalist, but am craving less! Every time I clear another space, it is thrilling.

  48. Reply

    Jordyn Dolan

    April 11, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Aiming to be more of a minimalist daily. Moving helped me purge SO much!

  49. Reply

    Ellie Leichtenberg

    April 12, 2018 at 4:55 AM

    I grew up in a very cluttered house so I am working towards minimalism and getting rid of things I don’t need. I love to cook so this book would be very helpful! Thank you!

  50. Reply


    April 12, 2018 at 5:14 AM

    I am a minimalist cook, mostly because I have a very small kitchen.

  51. Reply

    Susie R.

    April 12, 2018 at 5:44 AM

    I grew up in a family that was not minimalistic so it has been a hard transition but I’m trying. This book would be great! Going to make this green beans, they sound delish!

  52. Reply


    April 12, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    I knew I bought green beans at the store last night for a reason! I would love to win the cookbook. Thank you for the opportunity!

  53. Reply


    April 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    More is more! I love the idea of minimalism, but I also love stuffs. I try to keep it tidy and organized though.

  54. Reply

    Mikala Gibbs

    April 12, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    This blog post really hit home. I feel so weighted down when there is too much clutter/too many things hidden in closets. I like to live minimally, but that takes just as much work! I, too, need to comb through my pantry to get ride of ingredients that I simply don’t use. I love when my pantry is neatly organized and I can tell you exactly where things belong! I am not perfect at living a minimal life, but it is something I strive for a little bit more each day.

  55. Reply


    April 12, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    I’m trying to become a minimalist so maybe this book will push me over the edge!

  56. Reply


    April 13, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    In my house and closet I am definitely a minimalist. It’s a combination of fearing cluttering and also hating to shop. It works out pretty well. In the kitchen though I like to have plenty of ingredients on hand to avoid last minute store runs!

  57. Reply


    April 13, 2018 at 11:19 PM

    I am more of an aspiring minimalist that a successful one, but this cookbook looks like a great way to get more on that track. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  58. Reply

    Lyn Mackay

    April 14, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    I’m trying to become more of a minimalist. It’s definitely something I aspire to be.

  59. Reply

    Melissa Coleman

    April 14, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Thank you for supporting my book, friend, and I’m so glad to know we’re the same flavor of crazy. Also, you can somehow make green beans dance on a plate to create a beautiful composition. YOU inspire me!

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      April 17, 2018 at 9:04 PM

      No, YOU inspire me, babe! xo

  60. Reply

    melanie huttner

    April 14, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    I am definitely not a minimalist by nature but I am always trying to organize more and get rid of what I don’t really need.

  61. Reply

    Denise M

    April 16, 2018 at 11:07 PM

    I aspire to be a minimalist, but I find I can be a bit of a hoarder.

  62. Reply


    April 17, 2018 at 12:14 AM

    I’m trying to be a minimalist, it’s a long process for me but I’m at least going in the right direction.

    • Reply


      April 17, 2018 at 8:54 PM

      The right direction is a good place to be!

  63. Reply


    April 18, 2018 at 10:29 PM

    I wish I was more of a minimalist. I’m working on it. I’ve been cutting down my wardrobe pretty significantly and it feels sooo good.

  64. Reply


    April 19, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    I am an aspiring minimalist. And a lover of green beans!

  65. Reply


    April 20, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    Definitely a minimalist, in cooking and life. This book looks great!

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