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November 9, 2020

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts make the perfect Thanksgiving side dish - quick and easy to make, yet still tasty enough to please picky eaters.

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

If you're looking for a tasty Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish that's also healthy, you've come to the right place!

These green beans are, well, a vegetable. So of course that makes them healthy in some capacity. Many holiday recipes have tons of additions that make the recipes incredibly bad for you. But you CAN have side dishes that are simple, healthy, and delicious. This green bean recipe is just that. The beans have tons of flavor with the addition of only a few whole-food ingredients.

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

Features

  • Dietary needs -- this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Perfect side dish -- these green beans make the perfect Thanksgiving side dish and the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd
  • Simple -- this recipe requires only four ingredients

Speaking of ingredients...

Ingredients

  • Walnut Halves: Walnuts add crunch and toasty, nutty flavor to the beans. Green beans can easily get dense and mushy, but walnuts brighten up the dish.
  • Onion: Red onion, when caramelized, is soft and sweet. It brings tons of flavor to otherwise bland green beans.
  • Fresh Green Beans: When you're shopping for green beans at the store, make sure the beans are a bright green color with as few brown spots as possible (preferably none)! This will ensure a crisp, light texture and bright flavor.
  • Vegetable Stock: Used to cook the onions, a good vegetable stock will work wonders in this dish. Make sure to buy one without added sugar or preservatives.

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

How to make Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

Step 1. Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until they become slightly browned. You'll know they're ready when they become fragrant. Don't let them toast for any longer or they will start to burn. Remove the walnuts from the skillet and give them a rough chop.

Step 2. Cook the onions in the skillet on medium heat, using 1/4 cup of vegetable broth as the cooking liquid. Stir occasionally and allow the onions to soften. If the onions start to stick, add more vegetable broth.

Step 3. While the onions cook, steam the green beans. Fill a large saucepan with water place a steamer basket over top. Bring the water to a boil. Add the green beans and steam until just tender, around 3-5 minutes.

Step 4. Transfer the beans to the skillet with the onions and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. If the beans start to stick, add additional vegetable broth, but it's most likely that they will not stick at all!

Step 5. To serve, toss the walnuts with the beans and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

Preparation and Storage

Prep: If you're feeding a crowd, you may want to chop up the beans and onions ahead of time.

Both the green beans and onions can be chopped several hours ahead of time. Place pre-chopped veggies in air-tight containers or under plastic wrap. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

Storage: This dish can be stored in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for simple, healthy recipes. We are especially grateful for everything you have given us. Amen.

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Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

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Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

Oil-Free Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts make the perfect Thanksgiving side dish - quick and easy to make, yet still tasty enough to please picky eaters.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Walnut Halves
  • 1 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 24 Ounces Fresh Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Broth

Instructions

  1. Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until they become slightly browned. Remove from the skillet and roughly chop.
  2. Cook the onions in the skillet on medium heat, using 1/4 cup of vegetable broth as the cooking liquid. Stir occasionally and allow the onions to soften.
  3. Meanwhile, steam the green beans. Fill a large saucepan with water place a steamer basket over top. Bring the water to a boil. Add the green beans and steam until just tender, around 3-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the beans to the skillet with the onions and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, adding additional vegetable broth if the beans start to stick.
  5. To serve, toss the walnuts with the beans and season with salt and pepper.

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography