• 4 cups of fresh whole green beans
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies  that I have.  I am still always amazed every time a flower blooms or a vegetable produces, not to mention the reward of being able to walk to my garden and decide what will be prepared for that day’s meal. Today’s meal brought me quite a surprise.  I knew my green beans and garlic were ready to harvest so I pulled the beautiful long slender plants out of the ground of what I thought was garlic and to my surprise there was no garlic but leeks.  I don’t even remember planting leeks but I was delighted.  I knew exactly what I was going to prepare, sauteed fresh green beans and leeks, so delicious!  Hope you give this dish a try and if you are gardening, maybe put the right label on your plants or maybe NOT if you love surprises!!


  1. Snap ends from your beans and wash thoroughly.  Put beans in a pot of water and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling for about 5 minutes.
  2. Immediately remove beans from boiling water and put in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  3. In a large skillet, add olive oil and butter.  When butter has melted, add leeks, cook for 1-2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add minced garlic and walnuts.  Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add green beans and toss to coat thoroughly with the olive oil, butter mixture.  Add salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until beans are crisp tender, stirring as needed.