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15 Healthy & Delicious Green Bean Recipes

You’ve probably eaten a few green beans in your day. Maybe you’ve had them as the green side dish to grilled meat, or perhaps green beans are just something you enjoy in casserole form at Thanksgiving.

Either way, if the only green beans you’ve ever really eaten are the ones that come out of the can, you’re missing out on a truly sweet and delicious garden treat that is more than worthy of your dinner plate. Check out some of our favorite green bean recipes that will make this understated veggie your new favorite.

Parmesan-Crusted Green Beans

parmesan green beans

We’ll start with a simple side dish that takes plain green beans to the next level.

In this recipe, green beans are lightly coated in bread crumbs, parmesan, and common pantry spices to transform sweet green beans into crispy, crunchy, snacks worthy of dipping in your favorite sauce.

Serve these as a side dish to any meal, or as an appetizer at a potluck.

Find the full recipe at Welcome to the Table

Beef Soba Noodles with Green Beans

beef and bean soba bowls

If you’re looking to make a full meal using green beans, consider these beef soba noodles!

Coming together in just 15 minutes, this quick, flavorful meal is perfect for weekdays and is reminiscent of your favorite takeout restaurant.

If you want to make it vegetarian, some marinated tofu would be a fantastic substitution, and we’ve usually got plenty in the Deli.

Find the full recipe at RecipeTin Eats

Green Beans with Hazelnuts & Lemon Zest

truffled green beans

Here’s another simple green bean side dish with a simple and flavorful twist.

Green beans are steamed on the stovetop before being tossed with salt, pepper, lemon zest, toasted hazelnuts, and a light drizzle of truffle oil.

Serve these fancy green beans with roasted chicken or pan-seared steak.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

Fettuccine Carbonara with Green Beans

green bean carbonara

Now, this isn’t quite a traditional carbonara, but it is full of salty, cheesy, peppery flavor that compliments green beans well.

Blogger Molly recommends keeping the heat on low for a minute or two while your stir in the egg to ensure that everything is folded together and perfectly glossy.

Serve your carbonara with some crusty bread and your favorite Italian salad.

Find the full recipe at My Name Is Yeh

Canned Green Beans

canned green beans

We’ve all been there. You get excited about your favorite veggie being on sale and buy way more than you know what to do with. And that is where canning comes in handy!

This particular recipe includes instructions for pressure canning and important safety details to keep in mind if you’re new to preserving foods.

And if you grow your own green beans in the summer, make sure to keep this recipe handy for harvest time!

Find the full recipe at A Modern Homestead

Dijon Salmon with Green Bean Pilaf

salmon rice pilaf

When they’re chopped up, green beans are a wonderful addition to pilaf.

In this recipe, green beans are cooked up in a skillet with rice, pine nuts, and garlic to create the pilaf, while salmon is roasted in the oven.

The beauty about this dish is that it’s an entree and side dish all in one!

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Green Beans with Bacon Breadcrumbs

green beans with bacon breadcrumbs

Do you know what goes well with basically any vegetable? Bacon, of course!

In this quick and easy side dish, green beans are steamed and satuteed before being tossed with bacon and breadcrumbs that are seasoned with rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Save this recipe for a healthier version of the standard Thanksgiving green bean side dish, or simply serve it alongside your favorite protein for an easy weeknight meal.

Find the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven

New Potato & Green Bean Salad in a Spice Blend Vinaigrette

new potato and green bean salad

Here’s an elegant way to savor new potatoes and green beans, as adapted from PCC Natural Markets in Seattle.

New potatoes are oven-roasted and paired with cooked green beans before being tossed with tomatoes, feta, and a homemade vinaigrette.

Lemon and mint add a nice pop of color and a bit of a zing to pair with the creamy new potatoes.

Find the full recipe at Welcome to the Table

Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan green beans

Looking for a green bean recipe with a little extra dash of heat? Consider these spicy Szechuan green beans!

Green beans are pan-fried before being tossed with spicy sombal, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

Serve these green beans with your favorite Asian-inspired dish.

Find the full recipe at Spend with Pennies

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By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.