Put water on so that it will be at a rolling boil by the time we're ready for it
Once water warms up enough, dissolve vegetable cube in water (you could rather salt the water if preferred, but I find using cubes gives more flavor to boiled foods)
Snap off twigs and hard ends; you don't need a knife, vegetables generally understand on their own which parts are delicious and which should be discarded
Rinse green beans in a colander
Use the "smashing" technique for your garlic as I discussed in my recipe for "Sugo fresco"; this is especially important in this recipe as we will not be cooking the garlic
I have provided a video of this technique for those who might be having trouble with the concept; again be careful of your fingers!
Skin will remove easily
Once water is at a rolling boil, pour in rinsed green beans
Reduce to a simmer and cook until they are the texture you prefer. Cooking to me is very personal; you must taste often and you will also smell when a dish is ready!
Strain green beans and place in serving bowl
Mix in cloves of garlic
Dress with lemon juice
Olive oil (Don't be stingy! The dressing that remains is sooo good you'll want to sop it up with crusty bread!)
And salt to taste
Mix it all together - we have not sautéed the garlic, but the heat of the green beans will "cook" it enough to absorb the garlic flavor (you may want to cover with foil to "steam" dish together)
You will not believe what a treat this healthy dish is! Serve warm or prepare in advance and chill in refrigerator before consumption for use as a salad option