These Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest are a scrumptious PARTY HIT or side dish for a potuck or dinner or holiday party!

Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest

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Friends, a familiar subject on RE today. One I’ve written about many times.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I made a dinner invite, and we’re so glad we did. Great friends, meaningful discussion, we learned new things about them, they learned new things about us.

Paul made these delicious Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest recipe I’m sharing today, and I made 6 fabulous Cornish Game Hens (by the way, this is a delightful menu for a small dinner party)!

Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest

Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest

Blanch the beans.

Saute with orange zest, cashews (yum) and butter!


Hospitality is a habit

Hospitality is a habit. Most of us know that when you get into the rhythm of having guests into your home, or of making people feel welcome, wherever you may be, and it becomes old hat. You’ve got it down.

Or, you get into the habit of not having people into your home, and you start making excuses. And you miss sharing, reaching out, connecting, and loving others.

Possibly what stops us from the actual invitation is that hospitality takes some effort. A little planning, especially when it’s not a habit.

This day? Or this?

This couple by themselves, or maybe add in this person? They’ll all get along.

What will I cook? I have everything in my kitchen right now to make a big pot of pasta, but is it impressive enough?

So many questions whirl around in our minds, but what we need is to make hospitality a habit. Something familiar, done on a regular basis, a menu that is simple, and that I don’t have to put a lot of energy into.

It’s a matter of learning the style or best way for you to make it happen.

It’s a way to bless others, and in return, it will fill your love cup.

My tip for today is that whatever meal pops into your head, make it. Don’t let “ is it good enough” squelch your desire to connect with and host others.

You cook the same thing over and over because it’s familiar? Nothing wrong with that!

Ask your guests to bring a giant salad.

Put some bread in the oven.

Here’s a yummy dessert!

Skip out on the appetizers, and get right down to the meal!

Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest

Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest
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Cashew Green Beans with Orange Zest

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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  • Green beans, blanched
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Pomegranate seeds, optional


  • Place a large bowl of ice water by the stove. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add beans, and boil until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes (they will turn a bright green). (Boil small beans for 2 minutes, medium beans for 3 minutes, and large beans for 4-5 minutes.)
  • Drain the beans; transfer to the ice water to cool. Drain; pat dry.
  • In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the cashews; cook until toasted, lightly browned. Add the green beans; cook for 2-3 minutes on high.
  • Salt and pepper the green beans; plate and add orange zest (use a zester that allows for longer zest pieces for more orange flavor).
  • Drizzle with melted butter. Add Pomegranate seeds (according to the season).
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