Most of us have memories of ‘dad’ growing his own runner beans in the garden. Whether you eat or grow them (or both), these roasted green beans (Minimalist Baker) is a nice way to try them, aside from steaming. A good incentive to get people to eat their veggies too. All you do is wash, dry and trim the beans, toss with oil and salt and bake in the oven.
Most parchment paper is lined with all kinds of nasties, so look in stores for If You Care brand instead (this is made without the usual suspects, and sold in zero-waste packaging). Or try one of the new silicone non-stick roasting pans, though some people don’t get the same results.
Runner beans were brought to England by the gardener of Charles I. There were many varieties including some ancient heirlooms like Scarlet Emperor and Painted Lady. They originally were from the high altitude areas of Central America.
The recipe above serves the green beans with slivered almonds. But we think that’s a bit too fancy! Why not just have them with other veggies, roast spuds and your favourite veggie roast – and of course, lashings of vegan gravy!