I first ate these beans at a Chinese Buffet. In those day, they added almonds. I haven't seen them cooked that way in quite some time, but that doesn't stop me from fixing them that way.
First, I get out a skillet and put in an inch or so of water. Plop the washed beans in the water (I like them whole, but you can cut them in segments or French style) and bring to a boil. Cook until tender. Drain the water and toss in a tablespoon or two of olive oil, and a tablespoon (or more) of either slivered or sliced almonds. Cook until the almonds are browned.
We also eat the beans boiled with dried onion and rosemary. I put in a tablespoon or two of dried onion, and a couple of pinches of dried rosemary (fresh is always better) and boil until your preferred level of tenderness.
As you can see, I'm not big about measuring for these recipes.
(Oh, and how do I eat my green beans? With a fork, of course!)
How do you cook your green beans?