Fresh green beans make this seasoned garlic green beans recipe perfect for summer side dishes.
I've never been a fan of fresh green beans. For me it was the texture, I always found them to be slightly fuzzy and tough.
I am pretty sure it was all in my head though.
The same thought processes that convinced me I didn't like green beans, allow my 5 year old to eat cooked zucchini when I tell her it is a cucumber. It's rather irrational and based totally upon the way something may look or feel raw. Heck, I even think the word zucchini doesn't sound as tasty as cucumber.
In any case, I was blessed with children who are just like me, which makes it a challenge to get them to eat their veggies.
Most of these challenges are made easy with ketchup.
Ketchup is magic!
Have you ever tried ketchup with green beans?
You are missing out if you haven't, it's a favorite of mine that my grandmother taught me and I have since handed this delicacy down to my kids.
Hey, it gets them to eat the green beans and frankly in my world ketchup counts as a vegetable. It's a double win! If you are low carb, you will need to make your own ketchup or find a recipe without sugar. There are also keto-friendly ketchups made with stevia.
But alas, despite how good these look (and they tasted as good as they look), it's hard to convince my daughter to eat more than one.
We have a rule, you have to have at least one.
And there she stops.
One green bean.
Even with ketchup.
My son and I are of the attitude that this means "more for us" which we are just fine with, but the problem is that it leaves my daughter lacking in the dietary nutrients department which can affect her immune system and leave her more prone to illness.
Green beans are loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin A and also contain Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin B-6, many of which are key vitamins vital to a healthy immune system.
So I need to find some other way to get her to eat her veggies.
Do you kids like vegetables?
Garlic Green Beans Recipe
This recipe is pretty easy and you won't even want the ketchup with it. Although I won't blame if you use it anyway. You could use frozen green beans for this recipe as well, just make sure they are not the cut ones.
Garlic Green Beans Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Heat a pot of water to boil
- Add the green beans (trimmed) to the water for about 2 minutes unti bright green
- Drain and rinse or submerge beans in cold water
- Place beans in a shallow baking dish and combine with oil, butter, garlic, salt & pepper.
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached