Green Bean Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of same old green beans? New recipes here! Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, whole30 options.
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GREEN BEANS: THE BASICS
Also called Bush Beans, Common Beans, Runner Beans, Snap Beans, String Beans and often, y'know, just "beans". This page also includes special recipes for "Romano Beans" and "Yellow Beans".

QUICK POLL Shall we do a quick poll? What do A Veggie Venture readers call beans? Is there one name from your childhood and another from today? This could be fun!

The growing season for green beans is "mid to late summer". Frozen green beans are often excellent, I nearly always keep a bag on hand for a quick, healthy side vegetable. I especially like the frozen thin beans from Trader Joe's. Canned green beans? No haters, please, because canned green beans have their place too! When I did Weight Watchers the first time, a can of green beans was my go-to snack when I was "really hungry" but had no points left. I bought cans by the case at Sam's Club! I could even make a Satisfying Lunch in One Point (Old Points). A few special varieties can be found on occasion. One special variety is Haricots verts [French for "green beans", pronounced har-ee-coat VER], longer and thinner; they are also called French Beans, French Green Beans, French Filet Beans and Fine Beans. An Italian variety is called Romano Beans, flatter, wider and sweeter; if you find these at a farmers market, snap 'em up! And who's seen a Long Bean? They're just that, long, two or three feet long! Green beans are immature but edible pods. Mostly, the "strings" that gave string beans their name, the fibrous thread that joins the two walls of the bean pod, have been bred out of existence although you'll still find strings in some heirloom beans. Beans are so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget that beans are surprisingly fragile, sending the sugars from the pod walls to their interior seeds as soon as they're off the plant. If ever offered the chance to try just-picked green beans within minutes of the field, say "yes"! Beans and peas are both members of the "legume" family, the second-most important family in the human diet after the grasses. Legumes have two to three times the protein of wheat and rice. Beans originated in Central and South America. SOURCES Personal knowledge, also the most-wonderful On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee.

GREEN BEAN NUTRITION INFORMATION

So what's your favorite way to cook green beans? or what green bean recipe did you hope to find here? I'm always looking for new ones, especially healthy green bean recipes. Leave me a quick note in the comments! ~Alanna



HEY, GREEN BEAN FANS! WHAT SOUNDS GOOD?
~ A Few Highlights ~


ONE ESSENTIAL TRICK for GREEN BEANS
The trick to cooking green beans is to cook beans in plenty of water with plenty of salt. Per pound of green beans, use two quarts of water and a tablespoon of table salt.

A NEW TRICK for GREEN BEANS?
Harold McGee says that beans, like potatoes, should be started in cold water, that this preserves their cell structure, keeping them firm. I haven't done a side-by-side comparison yet but this sounds promising! Anyone have experience here?

GREEN BEANS: BASIC TIPS & TECHNIQUES
How to cook green beans in well-salted water (step-by-step photos)
How to steam green beans
How to roast green beans
How to stir-fry beans in a skillet
How to cook grean beans in the microwave
How to cook green beans for 11 hours & love 'em
Quick Ways to Doctor a Bag of Green Beans

RECIPE COLLECTIONS
A Veggie Venture & Kitchen Parade recipes
Falling In Love with Green Beans: Favorite Recipes

EVERYBODY LOVES the WORLD's BEST Green Bean CASSEROLE!
A Veggie Venture recipes
World's Best Green Bean Casserole
(A Veggie Venture's #1 recipe since 2006)
For Green Bean Casserole, Just Say NO! to Canned Green Beans & Mushroom Soup
(how to make World's Best Green Bean Casserole, step-by-step photos)

MORE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLES
Kitchen Parade recipes
Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole

A Veggie Venture recipes
Pioneer Woman's Green Bean Casserole

NEW to GREEN BEANS? TRY THESE RECIPES FIRST
A Veggie Venture recipes
"Best Ever" New Potatoes & Green Beans
Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts
Simple Skillet Green Beans

READER FAVORITES!
Kitchen Parade recipes
Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole

A Veggie Venture recipes
"Best Ever" New Potatoes & Green Beans
Simple Skillet Green Beans
Slooow Country Green Beans
World’s Best Green Bean Casserole

PERSONAL FAVORITES
Kitchen Parade recipes
Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry
Green Bean Garden Salad
Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables)

A Veggie Venture recipes
Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil
Fresh Green Bean Salad with Asian Dressing
Garlicky Romano Beans
Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts
Succotash Salad with Green Beans, Lima Beans, Corn & Tomatoes
Whole-Grain Salad with Beets, Beans & Corn

BEST Green Bean Recipes for WEIGHT WATCHERS
Kitchen Parade recipes
Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry

A Veggie Venture recipes
Green Beans with Mayo-Soy Sauce
Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup



GREEN BEAN SPECIALTIES


JUST GREEN BEANS, NO MORE
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil 10min/45min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb5
Garlicky Romano Beans 10min/15min – WW1 – NetCarb5
Green Beans with Basil 20min/30min – WW1
Green Beans with Browned Butter & Pine Nuts 20min/30min – WW5 – NetCarb6
Green Beans with Jalapeño Lime Butter 5min/15min – WW1
Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts 5min/25min – WW2 – NetCarb6
Green Beans with Mayo-Soy Sauce 7min/30min – WW0 – NetCarb5
Green Beans with Onion & Almonds 5min/15min – WW2 – NetCarb5
OOO Zesty Green Beans 15min/30min – WW1 – NetCarb5
Romano Beans in Butter-Braised Garlic 20min/40min – WW1 – NetCarb6
Simple Skillet Green Beans 10min/15min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb5

PICKLED Green Bean Recipes
No recipes yet, this is my reminder!

RAW Green Bean Recipes
No recipes yet, this is my reminder!

ROASTED Green Bean Recipes
Roasted Green Beans 8min/30min – WW0

ESPECIALLY for MIXED COLORS (YELLOW BEANS, PURPLE BEANS, etc)
A Veggie Venture recipes
OOO Zesty Green Beans 15min/30min – WW1 – NetCarb5

ESPECIALLY for ROMANO GREEN BEANS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Garlicky Romano Beans 10min/15min – WW1 – NetCarb5
Romano Beans in Butter-Braised Garlic 20min/40min – WW1 – NetCarb6



GREEN BEANS in EVERY COURSE


Green Beans for BREAKFAST
No recipes yet, this is my reminder!

Green Beans in APPETIZERS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Spinach Dip with Standing Veggies 15min/1day – WW1

Green Beans in SALADS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil 10min/45min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb5
Fresh Green Bean Salad with Asian Dressing 35min/2hrs – WW0/WW1/WW2 – NetCarb6
Fresh Three-Bean Salad 30min/50min – WW2/WW4 – NetCarb13/23
Green Bean Garden Salad
Green Bean & Radish Salad 20min/30min – WW1 - NetCarb10
Healthy Red & Green Green-Bean Salad 25min/25min – WW.5 – PP1 – NetCarb4
Succotash Salad with Green Beans, Lima Beans, Corn & Tomatoes 45min/45min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb11
Whole-Grain Salad with Beets, Beans & Corn 30min/4hrs – WW.5/1.5 – PP1/3 – NetCarb7/15

Green Beans in SIDE DISHES (HOT)
Kitchen Parade recipes
Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables)

A Veggie Venture recipes
Beans with ‘Garden Salad’ Spice Mix 10min/25min – WW0
"Best Ever" New Potatoes & Green Beans 20min/45min – WW3 – PP4 – NetCarb25
French Green Beans with Lemon-Garlic Sauce 10min/20min – WW2
Garlicky Romano Beans 10min/15min – WW1 – NetCarb5
Green Bean, Carrot & Apple Medley 15min/15min – WW0 – NetCarb9
Green Beans & Cabbage Tagine 25min/60min – WW1 – NetCarb12
Green Beans with Basil 20min/30min – WW1
Green Beans with Browned Butter & Pine Nuts 20min/30min – WW5 – NetCarb6
Green Beans with Honey-Mustard Glaze 10min/25min – WW1
Green Beans with Jalapeño Lime Butter 5min/15min – WW1
Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts 5min/25min – WW2 – NetCarb6
Green Beans with Mayo-Soy Sauce 7min/30min – WW0 – NetCarb5
Green Beans with Onion & Almonds 5min/15min – WW2 – NetCarb5
Microwave Green Beans with Tomatillo Salsa Dressing 20min/20min – WW1 – NetCarb6
Mixed Bean, Carrot & Grilled Pepper Medley 5min/10min – WW1 – NetCarb7
OOO Zesty Green Beans 15min/30min – WW1 – NetCarb5
Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans with Bacon 30min/45min – WW3 – PP3 – NetCarb9
Pioneer Woman's Green Bean Casserole 70min/2hrs – WW3 – PP4 – NetCarb8
Roasted Green Beans 8min/30min – WW0
Romano Beans in Butter-Braised Garlic 20min/40min – WW1 – NetCarb6
Simple Skillet Green Beans 10min/15min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb5
Slooow Country Green Beans 20min/11hrs – WW2 – NetCarb9
World's Best Green Bean Casserole 30min/45min – WW3 – PP4 – NetCarb8

Green Beans in SOUP
Kitchen Parade recipes
Plant Sale Soup

A Veggie Venture recipes
Gypsy Pot 45min/90min – WW2 – NetCarb18
Italian Wedding Soup 20min/40-50min – WW1 – NetCarb14
LeAnne’s Veggie Soup WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb8 Guest Post by My Sister!
Quick Green Bean Soup 15min/25min – WW1
Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup 20min/75min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb10
Weight Watchers Mexican "Zero Points" Soup 40min/60min – WW1 – PP1 – NetCarb6

Green Beans in SANDWICHES, WRAPS & MORE
No recipe yet, this is my reminder!

Green Beans in MAIN DISHES
Kitchen Parade recipes
Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry
Hearty Healthy Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale
Slow Cooker Curried Vegetable Stew
Turkey Salad Supper with Green Beans & Dried Cranberries

A Veggie Venture recipes
Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas 45min/45min – WW4 – PP5 – NetCarb28
Summer Vegetable Curry 40min/60min – WW2 – PP3 – NetCarb14

Eggplant in SWEETS & BAKING
No recipes yet, this is my reminder! But don't hold your breath.

RECIPES using CANNED or FROZEN Green Beans
Kitchen Parade recipes
Plant Sale Soup

A Veggie Venture recipes
Quick Ways to Doctor a Bag of Green Beans

French Green Beans with Lemon-Garlic Sauce 10min/20min – WW2
Green Beans with Basil 20min/30min – WW1
Green Bean, Carrot & Apple Medley 15min/15min – WW0 – NetCarb9
Italian Wedding Soup 20min/40-50min – WW1 – NetCarb14
Swedish Vegetables 5min/24hrs – WW0
Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup 20min/75min – WW0/WW1 – NetCarb10
Satisfying Lunch in One Point 5min/5min – WW1



MOVING BEYOND THE STOVE & OVEN


GREEN BEANS on the GRILL
A Veggie Venture recipes
Grilled Beets, Greens & Beans

GREEN BEANS in the MICROWAVE
A Veggie Venture recipes
Microwave Green Beans with Tomatillo Salsa Dressing 20min/20min – WW1 – NetCarb6

GREEN BEANS in the SLOW COOKER
Kitchen Parade recipes
Slow Cooker Curried Vegetable Stew

A Veggie Venture recipes
Slooow Country Green Beans 20min/11hrs – WW2 – NetCarb9



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1 comments:

I sometimes call Green Beans "String Beans." My grandmother did call them "Snap Beans;" I spent many a day snapping the raw green beans so she could cook them. Otherwise, I'm careful to differentiate between beans because they metabolize with different grams of sugar and I have to watch my sugar intake.

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe, whether a current recipe or a long-ago favorite. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. ~ Alanna