Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The best green beans, ever

Do you have a very traditional thanksgiving meal every year?  Break the rut this year and lighten up your green beans!  Most families have green bean casserole, but did you know there are 275 calories in a serving of green bean casserole!  Say WHAT?!?!  And that is seen as the vegetable for the thanksgiving meal for most families!  This year, try this recipe for the best green beans ever.  Slightly modified from The Pioneer Woman,  here.


1 pound of these green beans serve = 6 servings.  1 serving is 40 calories.  So I could eat a whole pound of these green beans, or 1 serving of green bean casserole.  Let's be real, I am gonna choose the healthier green beans, eat a serving and have a larger slice of pie.


Ingredients:
1 pound green beans
1 cup onion
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil (or butter)
salt & pepper


1.  Snip ends of green beans, and rinse.  Chop onion and garlic.  
2.  Add two tablespoons olive oil to a pan over medium heat,  use a garlic press on the garlic and  add chopped onion, season with salt and pepper,  Saute for about a minute.  
3.  Add green beans, saute for about a minute.  


4.  Add the cup of veggie broth.
5.  And finally, add the chopped bell pepper.  


Turn down heat to medium low, cover and crack the lid allowing for steam to escape , let simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.  I like when all the broth almost gone and there is a nice flavorful juice to spoon over the beans.   Serve warm!


I am planning on taking these to my thanksgiving this year, so when I am done cooking them I am just throwing them into a crockpot for easy travel!


enjoy!
-Meg




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