Fast And Easy

For many people, being depicted as fast and easy presents an unwelcome connotation.
Not for me, I love the description. Is 10 minutes too fast for you?
I’m talking about cooking dinner people! Geez!

Green Beans With Artichokes And Capers

Like a respectable lady, I know how to make it fast and super easy, when it comes to whipping up a side dish. Especially for Thanksgiving, this stove-top-only side dish is quite perfect. It only takes 10 minutes, including the measuring, chopping and cooking.

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Steps on Making Green Beans With Artichokes And Capers


Green Beans With Artichokes And Capers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

This recipe keeps the oven free for the rest of dinner, and can be made in a matter of minutes, especially with the pre-trimmed green beans available at the store!


  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 9-oz pkg frozen artichokes, thawed
  • 1 1-lb pkg trimmed haricots verts green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 to 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add artichokes and cook, without turning, until golden brown on one side, about 4 min. Add beans, garlic and salt on top of artichokes, reduce heat to medium high and cover pan with lid or foil. Steam 3 to 5 min, then gently toss everything together with zest and capers.
  2. Drizzle with lemon juice and extra olive oil to taste before serving.
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Recipe by Tara Bench
Originally published in
Ladies’ Home Journal Nov 2012
Photography Seth Smoot
Food Styling Sara Neumeier
Prop Styling Michelle Wong

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  • Gail Carroll says:

    Can this be made several hrs earlier, left in skillet covered and then reheat on low when needed?
    Or will beans lose color and shrivel up???

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