Wash beans under running cool water; snap or cut off the tips of both ends; leave whole or cut or snap to desired size.
✿ Boil - Add beans to boiling water, cover, cook to desired tenderness (3 to 8 minutes).
✿ Microwave - Place beans in a covered dish with 2 tablespoons water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and test for doneness. Continue cooking for 30 seconds at a time until desired tenderness is reached.
✿ Steam - Add beans to a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam to desired tenderness (3 to 7 minutes).
✿ Sauté or Stir-fry - Heat beans in a small amount of oil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until desired tenderness is reached (5 to 10 minutes).