I like using the pre-washed and snipped green beans in a microwavable bag. For some reason, I dislike preparing green beans, even after I learned a great hint from my sister Cookie--to snip off the ends with scissors rather than trimming with a knife or snapping them off. Definitely faster, but still . . .
The 12-oz package of steam-in-the-bag green beans instructs you to microwave on high for 3-5 minutes. I do them for 2-1/2, and it could be less if you like them quite crispy.
I adapted this recipe from something more complicated, served at a meal made by Mary Beth. This simple version is good too! I don't like to take a lot of time preparing side dishes for an ordinary week-day meal, so this recipe is great for perking up the meal with very little effort.
GREEN BEANS WITH JAM
Cook about 12 oz. of green beans to the degree of crispiness you prefer; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Spoon over them a few tablespoons of fig jam or orange marmelade.
Sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of pepitas; mix everything together.