A Healthy Holiday Side Dish Made Easy

homemade green bean recipe
Photo: Karen Biton-Cohen
A healthy green beans side dish to make for the holidays.

Between the sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie and homemade stuffing, it's a little too easy to overindulge during the holidays. Balance things out with this good-for-you green beans recipe -- it's healthy, quick and comes together in just under 30 minutes.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large shallots
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 lb fresh green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper

homemade green bean recipe

Step 1: Thinly slice the shallots and mince the garlic cloves so they're similar in size to the photo above.

homemade green bean recipe

Step 2: Heat olive oil and butter in a large sauté pan. Add the shallots and cook for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute or until lightly golden and fragrant.

homemade green bean recipe

Step 3: Add the string beans and the broth and mix well. Once the broth boils, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until soft (but not over-cooked). You want to make sure they're still bright green with a bit of bite. If liquid still remains in the pot, increase the flame and cook uncovered for another minute until the liquid has evaporated.

homemade green bean recipe

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