Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Green Beans With Mushrooms, Onions and Toasted Almonds

I know. Green beans, big deal.... right? Well let me just tell you that when you're on day ten of your new "eating program," properly prepared and delicious vegetables can make the difference between staying on track and cheating with the Cheetos you found under the couch cushions.

When it comes to green beans, I have no problem with eating the canned variety if they're a part of a soup or casserole, but when I'm eating them as a stand-alone side dish, I like them with a little snap left in them. I used my steamer basket to get these beans to the perfect point of doneness and then topped them with some sauteed onions, mushrooms and toasted almonds. They were delicious. Healthy too!

Green Beans with Onions, Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds

1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper
1/4 cup toasted almonds, thinly sliced

Steam green beans for 5 minutes. While beans are steaming, heat olive oil in skillet. Add mushrooms and onion and season with thyme, salt and pepper. Saute for 5-6 minutes. Add beans to skillet and toss to coat and combine. Remove from heat. Top with toasted almonds and serve immediately.


Linda said...

Those look really good. I always need different ways to jazz up the veggies.

Watch out or I'll fight you for those Cheetos! lol!

Abby said...

Love all of these veggie recipes . . . thanks! Our goal is to start incorporating different veggies into more of our dinners . . . keep 'em coming! =)

George Gaston said...

Mags looks like you have given green beans a whole new make-over! Sometimes it is the addition of a few ingredients that makes it new again.

Great recipe! Many thanks...

Debbie said...

I love fresh green beans. They taste so much better than canned ones. Yours look great and I love the almonds!

June said...

Sure with I could get the big guy to eat green beans. It's a no go! These look delish. How's the "moderation plan" going Mags? PS - I'm back at the library - still no computer and yes, I'm going crazy! I can hear you saying "going - you can't go where you've already been". LOL

stephchows said...

It's so true... boring veggies don't get eaten :) These look great!

Karen said...

These look good. I don't think a lot of people realize that in addition to canned green beans being high in sodium, they're also high in sugar. Fresh is the way to go, if you can!

April in CT said...

Mmmm, cheetos...

Sorry, I get distracted easily. I love me some green beans and this looks so tasty. I'll convince my hubs to pick the mushrooms out and give this a try!

Pam said...

Beautiful! Great picture!

Moogie said...

The green beans look great but where's the bread?

Mags said...

Linda: LOL.. those cheetos have seen better days.

Abby: Glad you're enjoying the veggie recipes!

George: I agree, just by adding a different ingredient, the dish takes on a whole new flavor.

Debbie: Thanks!

June: Hope that computer gets fixed soon.

Steph: Thank you!

Karen: You're so right. Most canned vegetables are full of salt and some have added sugar as well.

April: How does he feel about water chestnuts? Those would be good instead of the mushrooms.

Pam: Thanks!

Moogie: I'm afraid I'm off of the bread for a few weeks because of the diet. I hope to be bringing it back in either next week or the week after.

April in CT said...

He actually loves water chestnuts! I'll leave the mushrooms in for me and add water chestnuts for him. Thanks for that idea!

Honeymoon bed breakfast said...

It is good to have some vegetarian dishes every now and then. This is another good example that is also not spicy. It is Stir-fried beans and mushrooms. As you can see in the ingredients below, there are two different kinds of mushrooms. Starting from the top, you have rice-straw mushrooms, carrots, bean curd skin, green beans and shiitake mushrooms in the center.

Best Regards,

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very pretty. My hubby got me an All-Clad steamer set for Christmas (isn't he sweet?), so I'm all into steaming things right now. Love the toasted almonds, too!