When properly prepared, green beans (and their pole bean cousins wax beans, yellow beans, and purple beans) come out snappy and delicious. They also lend themselves well to a whole range of preparations that turn the humble bean into a stellar side. You should try to serve on Monday’s dinner!
Green Bean Amandine
This classic green bean recipe combines crisp-tender green beans, slivered or blanched almonds, a hit of lemon juice, and a hint of garlic for a side dish that brings the crunch. Some also call it “green bean almandine,” but either way, it tastes great with any protein and starch of your choosing. For best results, cook the green beans until still assertively green with a little snap.
Cheesy Green Beans
Simple, hearty, and filling, this cheesy green bean baked dish doesn’t exactly qualify as a health food, but it sure is delicious. Use any kind of shredded cheese you like best, or blend a few together. Since the recipe starts with cooked green beans, you can use either fresh or frozen, or even canned if you prefer a softer texture.
Creamed Potatoes With Green Beans
Combine your starch and vegetable side into one simple and tasty dish with new potatoes and green beans. If new potatoes aren’t in season, try it with fingerling, baby, or red baking potatoes. Small, fresh green beans taste great, but you can also use any fresh or frozen green beans you have on hand.
Cream of Green Beans Soup
Try this hearty Hungarian soup either hot or cold to use up extra green beans in a fresh and exciting way. It comes out creamy, vegetal, and with a bit of umami spice from the Hungarian paprika. Use hot paprika for more spice or a more mild version if you’d rather keep it cool.
Spicy Thai Stir-Fried Green Beans
An assertive sauce made of fish sauce, two kinds of soy sauce, shrimp paste, and brown sugar combine with fresh green beans, bacon, garlic, shallot, and dried crushed chili for a side dish you’ll want to make again and again. Serve it with rice to sop up the sauce and don’t be shy with the chiles.
Green Bean, Potato and Halloumi Salad
With crisp-tender green beans, salty Halloumi cheese, tender potatoes, sweet tomatoes, and salty olives and capers, this salad brings all of your favorite tastes together. It lets fresh green beans take center stage, while the rest of the vegetables complement their straight-from-the-garden flavor.
In most cases, green beans should stay nice and green rather than wilting into grey obscurity. Try these simple recipes bursting with fresh flavor to rediscover your love of green beans. Let’s eat a healthy dinner tonight!