I came up with this side dish based on having a large bag of green beans and not knowing what to do with them. So I looked in my pantry to see what I could use to make the beans a bit more interesting than just blanching them like I normally do. Spying a tub of hazelnuts, I thought I could use them and add something salty to balance out the sweetness from the nuts. A little low-sodium soy sauce and sesame oil could do the trick. This is easy to make and if you're careful about the amount of hazelnuts you use, it's good for you too. Hazelnuts are high in fat but it's the good kind of fat (Monounsaturated Fat) and a 1/4 cup of whole nuts has just 212 calories, 20 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. Here's what you'll need:
2 teaspoons of low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
2 cups of trimmed green beans
1/4 cup of hazelnuts
1 tablespoon of honey
First preheat the oven to 250 degrees and combine the honey and hazelnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Remove them after 10 minutes and set aside to cool. Then combine the green beans, soy sauce and sesame oil on to another baking sheet with parchment and roast at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and place the baking sheet with the beans right underneath under a low flame. This will help crisp up the beans. Keep a close eye on them being careful not to burn them as the broiler works quickly. Remove after 2-4 minutes.
Toss with the hazelnuts and dig in! I ate these with a simple roast chicken.