Most people don’t mind nutrition-rich green beans, but they aren’t particularly inspiring. Many of us have flashbacks of canned green beans served at Thanksgiving, limp, overcooked string beans that have been steamed out of all flavor, or beans that taste delicious because they’ve been drowned in butter.
It’s a shame, because this budget-friendly food actually comes with a ton of benefits, ranging from preventing and fighting cancer cells to keeping bones strong. That’s where these creative ways to prepare green bean recipes come in handy. They’re tasty, they’re easy to prepare and they’re a step up from the normal “steam and serve” treatment green beans receive. Get ready to go green!
18 Green Bean Recipes
Why is it that anything served with a dip just tastes better? These green beans are coated in seasoning then baked in the oven to transform them into crispy fries. Served with a cool and creamy yogurt-based dip, you’ll have a hard time eating just one of these.
Photo: The Dinner Mom
Green bean recipes can often mean stir fries, as the veggie softens up during cooking without losing its natural crunch. When paired with boneless, skinless chicken breast and Asian sauces, you’ll have a dinner that goes from stove top to table in 20 minutes.
Photo: The Lemon Bowl
The ginger marinade in this recipe adds a ton of flavor to the beef and beans and, luckily, requires just 15-30 minutes to soak it all up. It’s a yummy way to add healing ginger to your diet, too.
Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will enjoy this dish. It calls for just a handful of ingredients, like garlic, ginger and soy sauce (I suggest you try coconut aminos instead), but produces a ton of flavor. Go for local eggplant and green beans in this one if possible — you’ll taste the difference!
This simple green bean salad is so simple to make, but really packs a punch with flavors. The green beans are cooked then blanched, so they retain that beautiful green color. Next, they are tossed with balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, fresh tomatoes and bacon (use turkey or omit). It’s best served chilled or at room temperature, making it a great choice to take to a potluck meal.
Photo: Mel’s Kitchen
The ingredients in this green bean salad are similar to others: tomatoes, feta, red bell pepper. But what makes this recipe worth making is the homemade Greek dressing. Made from extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and herbs, it’ll have you licking your fork and then drizzling on everything!
This make-ahead salad is main dish worthy, though it’s designed as a side. It combines green beans with powerful, protein-rich quinoa, roasted almonds, feta and mandarin oranges — I love the zest that the citrus fruit adds! The homemade maple orange dressing is just the icing on this healthy green bean recipe.
Photo: Peas & Crayons
This turkey skillet is a delicious option on those busy weeknights. Lean ground turkey, green beans and a variety of veggies are tossed and cooked in a homemade tomato sauce (or canned if you’re short on time). The meaty mix makes a great base for tacos or goes nicely with brown rice or roasted veggies.
It’s a bean party! You won’t be lacking in fiber after enjoying this three-bean salad. It combines fresh green, kidney and garbanzo beans with celery and onion, and then finishes it all off with a sweet dressing. If you’re into beans, you’ll love this one.
Green bean recipes can also be Italian, as these buttery green beans are a delicious way to make any meal taste better. They’re coated in garlic, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then quickly pan fried to achieve maximum tastiness. I love that they can be prepared with frozen green beans, for those times when fresh isn’t an option.
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It’s hard not to love green bean recipes with fish. It features one of my favorite brain foods, salmon, and it comes together in one pan. Plus, it’s ready in 30 minutes, including a short marinating time. The honey mustard sauce will have you drooling for sure.
This creamy green bean skillet just might earn a spot on your holiday table this year. It’s dairy-free, but gets that creamy consistency thanks to coconut milk or cream. The ‘shrooms soak up the lovely sauce while raw walnuts add a little crunch at the end.
Sometimes, I love to make my green bean recipes spicy! A good curry is one of the best ways to warm up on cooler nights — you have to try this one. While the ingredients list doesn’t sound particularly impressive, when you combine the green beans, home-roasted peanuts and Indian seasonings, you are rewarded with a fragrant, delicious curry that will leave you licking the spoon. The garam masala and turmeric make a big difference here, so be sure not to skip ’em!
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You’ll have to plan ahead for these pickled green beans, but they are worth it. Pickling can take up to several weeks usually, but these green beans are ready in just two days. They are a super side when you’re barbecuing dinner, to nibble on as a snack or to serve in weekend bloody Mary drinks!
Photo: Flavour & Savour
Slow cooker meals can be a lifesaver during hectic times. This one combines chicken, hearty sweet potatoes and green beans in a simple, tasty meal. The best part about this one is that nearly all of the ingredients can be combined then frozen in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to cook, just thaw and dump in the slow cooker — no prep required!
Caprese gets an upgrade with this green bean version. All the usual suspects, like mozzarella, basil and tomatoes are here, but now they get an extra veggie boost. I don’t know if I can go back to the normal way of preparing a Caprese salad after trying this one!