10 Ways to Turn a Bag of Fresh Green Beans into Dinner

10 Ways to Turn a Bag of Fresh Green Beans into Dinner

Kelli Foster
Jul 11, 2017
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Even though we can find fresh green beans at the grocery store year-round, they're currently hitting peak season right about now, so there is no better time to gobble them up. You'll find them piling up at farmers markets, where the prices are low and their flavor is bigger than ever. Crisp green beans are super versatile and there's no shortage of ways to cook them up. From a weeknight stir-fry to a lemony side dish, here are 10 delicious ways to bring fresh green beans to the table all summer.

1. Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans

Green beans lend themselves wonderfully to roasting, which is why they're always a top pick for my sheet pan suppers. This vegetarian dinner pairs them with wedges of tofu and a honey sesame sauce.

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2. How To Cook Green Beans

It's always good to get the basics down and give yourself a refresher every now and then. Here we walk you through how to cook flawless green beans on the stovetop every time, with a two-step process of sautéing and steaming.

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3. Summer Green Beans in Aromatic Spiced Tomatoes

Here's how to turn fresh green beans into a simple summer supper packed with flavor in about 30 minutes. The beans are cooked in an aromatic, Indian-inspired tomato mixture. Bulk it up with a fried or poached egg.

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4. Stovetop Steam-Fried Green Beans and Mushrooms

Even though we first shared this green bean recipe as a Thanksgiving side dish, you'd be remiss not to include it your meal plan throughout the summer. It's light, easy to pull together, and pairs well with just about everything.

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5. Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn with Lemon-Brown Butter Dressing

This perfect-for-summer salad pulls the very best bits from potato salad and three-bean salad, then tosses in some fresh and tender corn, and mixes it all together in lemony brown butter vinaigrette.

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6. Lemony Green Beans with Almond Breadcrumbs

This easy side dish is one you can turn to again and again all summer. A lemony vinaigrette keeps it feeling extra fresh and the almond-breadcrumb topping delivers an irresistible crunch.

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7. Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry

There's no better time to toss green beans into a quick stir-fry than right now. This seasonal version features the beans with tender pieces of chicken and tops everything off with a creamy basil sauce.

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8. Greek-Style Braised Green Beans

Grab some juicy, ripe tomatoes, white wine, and aromatics and you're on your way to turning fresh green beans into saucy summer comfort food. Make it a meal by serving it over your favorite cooked grains, adding an egg, or pairing it with grilled chicken breast.

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9. Roasted Green Beans with Harissa

If roasted green beans are a regular side dish in your rotation, kick up the next batch with a spoonful of spicy harissa paste and a handful of toasted almonds before serving.

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10. 3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad

This twist on classic three-bean salad is one of my favorite ways to bring green beans to the table (and potlucks!) during summer. It mixes in chewy Israeli couscous, which soaks up red wine vinaigrette like a dream.

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