These are perfect green beans: simple flavors combined into an elegant dish that goes with almost anything. (Photo: Michael Kraus for The New York Times)

These are perfect green beans: simple flavors combined into an elegant dish that goes with almost anything. (Photo: Michael Kraus for The New York Times)

This French green bean salad recipe is tossed in a tangy Dijon mustard dressing and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

This French green bean salad recipe is tossed in a tangy Dijon mustard dressing and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Pretty little bundles of bacon wrapped French "green beans" known as Haricot verts which are longer and thinner than the typical American green bean. Of course, American green beans will work just fine here too. As a kid, I never liked green beans because the only way I tasted them was boiled and overcooked. As I got older, I learned that I actually enjoy them if they are prepared right. Fresh green beans are a must for me, and I like them roasted or sauteed until tender and crisp. Add a ...

Pretty little bundles of bacon wrapped French "green beans" known as Haricot verts which are longer and thinner than the typical American green bean. Of course, American green beans will work just fine here too. As a kid, I never liked green beans because the only way I tasted them was boiled and overcooked. As I got older, I learned that I actually enjoy them if they are prepared right. Fresh green beans are a must for me, and I like them roasted or sauteed until tender and crisp. Add a ...

balsamic green beans, absolutely delicious!  I used the frozen Trader Joe's French Green Beans, just perfect!  Quick and easy.

balsamic green beans, absolutely delicious! I used the frozen Trader Joe's French Green Beans, just perfect! Quick and easy.

A great recipe for Sauteed French Green Beans with Toasted Almonds.  Although, if you want an easier version- I have been making mine like this for years with just frozen slender green beans simply sauteed in butter with the almonds.

A great recipe for Sauteed French Green Beans with Toasted Almonds. Although, if you want an easier version- I have been making mine like this for years with just frozen slender green beans simply sauteed in butter with the almonds.

It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste anywhere near this good. Give this a try and you may have a new favorite vegetable side!

It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste anywhere near this good. Give this a try and you may have a new favorite vegetable side!

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

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