How do you feel about easy green beans recipes? I have a lot of them. Ranging from my green beans one pot wonder dish, to this simple green beans recipe, which is easily adaptable to be vegan!
I just love green beans. A lot! But it didn't always used to be that way. I completely eschewed green beans up until the age of 25. I remember those horrible school lunches with tinned green beans that were heated up until they became an overcooked mush that tasted of processed ... well, you get the idea. Since those lunches, and all throughout my childhood, I thought that green beans were meant to taste like that, and that they were supposed to be mush like when you bit into them.
And then! I got some fresh green beans from my mother in laws garden last year. I decided to give those organic and bright green, green beans a try[technically they're more of a pod, making them paleo friendly, fyi]. I wanted to see if I could find a way to prepare them and keep their natural flavor, while making sure that I had enough 'enhancers' in there to really make a dish come together. I still didn't trust simple, boiled or steamed green beans. And just between you and I, I'm not sure that I'll ever really enjoy them like that.
So! I went to my fridge and found some of my favourite ingredients - onions [lots of health benefits], garlic, lemons, and my husband's absolute favourite, some bacon! Well those ingredients are enough to make mostly anything come together, but with the addition of some mushrooms and smoked paprika powder, my childhood trauma disappeared and was replaced by a new found love! This delicious recipe is what I'm sharing today, and most importantly, it's such an easy and healthy recipe!
Easy green beans recipe
- 1 pound cooked green beans
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1 large, yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika powder
- 2 cloves of garlic
- The juice of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: 1/2 cup bacon
- Optional: A pinch of chili flakes
- Boil or steam green beans for about 8 to 10 minutes. You should be able to poke them with a fork, but they should not be completely cooked, just getting soft. You don't want overcooked green beans.
- While the green beans are cooking away, put the bacon in a pan, stir occasionally. If you're vegan or vegetarian, heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan.
- Once the bacon (or not) has cooked, add the onion. Keep the heat on medium-low. Stir the onion occasionally.
- Once the onion is translucent, add the garlic, mushrooms, lemon juice, paprika powder, and salt and pepper.
- Turn up the heat to medium/high
- Mix the mixture in the pan frequently. At this point, the green beans should have cooked for about ten minutes so you should drain them and set them aside. You'll need them in a few minutes. Do not rinse with cold water.
- Cook for an additional 8 minutes. The mushrooms should be getting smaller and should be almost done.
- Once those 8 minutes are up, add the green beans to the mixture.
- Mix thoroughly
- Cook on medium for about 5-8 minutes, or until the green beans are as soft as you like them. We enjoy a little crunch to our vegetables, but feel free to cook them a bit longer, just be sure to test them occasionally by pricking with a fork.
- What is your favourite way to prepare green beans?
- Is there a particular food that you don't enjoy from childhood?
- Did you change your mind later, as an adult?
Today, I'm linking up with Lean Lena for Tasty Tuesday!
Like what you see? My green beans one pot wonder is another easy and delicious dish!
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