One of the great discoveries in the fitness and "healthy cooking" era is ROASTING--roasting vegetables instead of boiling all the flavor right out of them. Roasting concentrates the unique taste of whatever vegetable you are using. It is perhaps the easiest of cooking techniques a budding college chef can acquire.
As an intro to this technique, I found a simple sidedish to make out of Tyler Florence's Family Meal cookbook: Parmesan-Roasted Green Beans.
Rimmed baking sheet
1-2 lbs green beans, ends removed
1 cup Parmesan, grated
Salt & pepper
1-2 tsp butter, melted (optional)
Lemon juice (optional)
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
3. Remove ends of beans.
4. Arrange beans on baking sheet.
5. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
6. Roast x 10-12 minutes until cheese melts and is golden brown.
7. Serve on a platter with salt, pepper.
8. Drizzle a little butter and lemon as a final touch or keep it healthy all the way.
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