Green Bean Side Dish Ideas

While kids may turn their noses up at asparagus and broccoli, they tend to like green beans – even plain. But with so many ways to dress up green beans, there's no reason to eat them plain. Encourage your kids to eat greens as much as possible by trying out some of these tempting recipes. For something simple, make a batch of lemony green beans or green beans with caramelized onions and almonds. Turn your side dish into a meal by following the directions for cheddar-pecan green bean casserole or mini green bean casseroles. Instead of using potatoes, try crispy baked Parmesan green bean fries. Drape bacon over the beans to create green bean bundles. With so many options you can have green beans for dinner every night!

 

Lemony Green Beans

Fresh citrus juice adds a tangy zip in this recipe for lemony green beans from Cooking Light. What's great about lemons is that they're available all winter long, so you can have a bit of summery flavor even when there's snow on the ground.

 

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds

Add layers of flavor and texture with this recipe for green beans with caramelized onions and almonds from The Food Network. Cook each ingredient separately and then remove from the pan – the beans, followed by the onions, and finally the almonds. Once everything is cooked, sauté all of them together. You're done!

 

Cheddar-Pecan Green Bean Casserole

To start this recipe, create a creamy buttermilk white sauce to mix in with the green beans. Add in shredded cheddar cheese, roasted red bell peppers along with cooked green beans. Pour the green beans into a casserole dish and top with French fried onions, breadcrumbs and chopped pecans. Make this cheddar-pecan green bean casserole from My Recipes a meal by adding in cubed ham pieces.

 

Crispy Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries

Channel the flavor of French fries by making these crispy baked Parmesan green bean fries from Dashing Dish. Green beans are sprinkled with Parmesan and garlic and then baked at a high temp. These green beans come out with a perfect kid-friendly crunch.

 

Mini Green Bean Casseroles

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Make a crust out of refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuit dough by pressing it into the bottom and sides of muffin tines. Top each biscuit with a mixture of green beans combined with condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, cheddar cheese, and French fried onions. These mini green bean casseroles from Campbell's Kitchen are not only tasty but fun for kids to eat.

 

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

Wrap small piles of green beans in strips of bacon and then cook with a little bit of brown sugar. The combination of smoky and sweet tastes decadent – and yet it's so easy to put together. These green bean bundles with bacon and brown sugar from Williams-Sonoma are sure to please!

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