Okay…I admit it….I am obsessed with green beans. If you knew how I used to eat a couple of years ago (before Plexus), you would understand why. I had been trying to “keto” for a few years (and actually even a moderate carb average of 100 per day healed my pre-diabetes), so I would “keto” during the week then go crazy on weekends eating as many carbs and as much sugar as I could. I would only eat fruits and vegetables if I absolutely needed them to stay on my low carb plan (and ONLY during the week). So the fact that I now crave green beans and Romaine lettuce, even if they are a couple of the only green veggies I like, is a pretty big deal. I seriously eat Romaine lettuce and green beans at least five times a week (and for someone who only eats one meal a day (OMAD–Daily Intermittent Fasting), that means that I eat lettuce and green beans 5/7 of the time I eat a meal (and sometimes I eat them for my snack/opening my eating window too!). (Learn more about opening an eating window in Episode 7 of The Daily IF Journal podcast)
This post is about the three ways that I most often eat green beans–three completely different methods of cooking and three completely different tastes, yet all three green beans! Let me tell you more about them:
1) Crock Pot Green Beans, Potatoes, and Sausage
~No precooking of meat
~Little prep time
~Fix and forget
~One pot meal
~May use meatballs, ham, or other precooked meat if desired
~Can easily be made into a keto/low carb/THM S (or E) meal by using radishes or turnips in place of the potatoes (See 6 Potato Substitutes.)
~Great to prep ahead and take camping or on trips and just turn crock pot on and have it ready when you are
2) Homestyle Skillet Green Beans
~Should be a viral recipe–it is truly the tastiest green bean dish ever!
~Stove top in deep skillet or dutch oven
~Best with fresh green beans
~Simple recipe with full flavor
~Has bacon grease (may use olive oil…but bacon grease….yum!)
~Everybody I have ever served these to loves them!
3) Air Fried or Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
~Super finger food
~Best in oven for more than 3/4 pound
~Grown daughter just ate them here and said, “This is like eating French fries!” Yeah, they’re that good!
~Can make in bulk on 3 large jellyroll pans if you have three oven racks
~Real food snack
~Only use fresh green beans for these!
P.S. What are your favorite ways to make green beans? Crispy like Parmesan ones or wilty like I do my homestyle? I like them both ways for different recipes!
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