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Braised Green Beans and Sunflower Seeds

Once known as string beans, green beans no longer have the characteristic stringy fibers. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium, which may help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, build bones and prevent migraine headaches.

Once known as string beans, green beans no longer have the characteristic stringy fibers. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium, which may help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, build bones and prevent migraine headaches.

Servings
6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 16-oz. pkg. green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 6-oz. pkg. sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with garlic and onions
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme

Preparation

Heat the oil and crushed red pepper in a large skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the garlic, onion and bell pepper. Add the green beans, and cook the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the

mushrooms, and cook the mixture for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and reduce the heat to low.

Whisk the cornstarch and 11/2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl, and stir into the beans. Add the sunflower seeds and thyme, and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot.