This is something I do to add substance to one of my go-to sides: green beans. It doesn't take any longer than heating them up plain. Sometimes I'll eat just these for lunch, if I'm in a green sort of mood.
You can use fresh or frozen green beans; I usually do this when I have fresh, though, because they tend to have a better texture against the almonds. If using fresh, rinse them off:
cut off the ends, and chop into roughly 1-inch pieces (so they look like the frozen ones you get):
Stick them in the microwave and cook, stirring every 3 minutes or so, until hot all the way through and tender (tenderish, if they're fresh, or to taste, I suppose). For doing a large bunch like this I stick them in a Tupperware microwave thing that's basically a colander with a lid that nests with a bowl, to which I add water. A smaller amount of frozen ones will steam in their own ice melt; to a larger bunch of fresh or frozen you can add water directly to the covered microwaveable container you heat them in.
Meanwhile, heat some butter in a skillet:
Add slivered or sliced or chopped or whatever you have lying around almonds:
And cook until browned:
Add almonds to green beans, toss, and serve:
Delicious! Fast, easy, cheap, healthy, goes with practically anything: everything you could want from a side dish--and so much more. ^_~