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Microwaved Green Beans with Gouda and Sunflower Seeds

  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


The easiest way to get green beans which are perfectly tender-crisp: Microwave them for just a few minutes in small batches.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain style Dijon mustard
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon torn fresh basil
  • 1 pound green beans, yellow beans or a mixture
  • 2 ounces Gouda cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds


  1. In a small bowl, mix together oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and basil with a whisk; set aside.
  2. In on a large microwave-safe plate, place half of green beans and 2 tablespoons water; cover loosely with tea towel or paper towel. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes until just tender-crisp and place in serving bowl. Repeat with remaining green beans.
  3. Toss beans with dressing.