5 Fresh Alternatives to Green Bean Casserole

updated May 2, 2019
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While I love filling my table with classic sides on Thanksgiving, there is one that I’m usually happy to leave off the menu: green bean casserole. But that doesn’t mean I want to skip the green beans all together.

This year, let green beans offer a lighter, healthier option to balance out a table full of hearty, comforting foods. Here are a few options.

These beans are simple yet have a vibrant, savory flavor that balances some of the heavier sides on the table, like stuffing and mashed potatoes. Plus, this dish is vegan-friendly.

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Surprise your guests by adding a spicy kick to the table this year. Charred, smoky green beans are tossed with harissa with a little extra heat (don’t worry it’s not too spicy), and then topped with crunchy sliced almonds.

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If you’re looking for an easy and delicious make-ahead veggie recipe, this is it! This quick recipe tosses blanched green beans with a nutty almond pesto. Both the beans and the pesto can be made ahead of time, and can be served at room temperature.

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A long, slow braise rewards you with aromatic, tangy, spiced green beans. They’ll taste even better the next day, so this is one dish you shouldn’t hesitate to make ahead.

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This quick recipe leaves you with firm, flavorful beans tossed with meaty mushrooms and shallots.

Your turn! What’s your favorite way to serve green beans on Thanksgiving?