This is one of my favorite ways to make green beans. It also just happens to be really simple, although if you aren't a garlic fan you may not be so impressed!
I don't take the time to snap the ends off when I am in a hurry, I just line them up and chop them off, followed by chopping the green beans in half. This is about 2 pounds of fresh green beans. You are going to add these to salted, boiling water and let them cook until they reached your desired tenderness. For us, I cook them about 15 minutes. What can I say? My kids like them to be starting to get pretty soft.
While those are boiling, you want to heat up 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and 1 HEAPING teaspoon of chopped garlic (this is actually more like almost a Tablespoon, but we really, really like garlic.) Adjust the garlic amount up or down to suit your tastes.
Take the beans out of the boiling water and add to the hot oil, turning to coat them in all that delicious garlic. Let them hang out in the pan for a couple minutes.
I like to eat these with rice, but they make a really good side dish for meat or chicken. I also think they would be a nice fresh (lighter!) option for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional green bean casserole.