Everyday Roasted Green Beans
The Green Bean RecipeAh, the humble green bean. A crunchy, crispy, low-calorie delight full of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and vitamin K. Sadly, this little veggie can taste waxy when steamed. What’s a person to do? Roast that green bean of course! Twenty minutes in the oven transforms a plate of ordinary green beans into a culinary masterpiece. Perhaps "masterpiece" seems like a bit of an overstatement. However, anytime my kids ASK for green vegetables-- as they do with this dish-- I consider it an enormous win. And you will be surprised and delighted by how much better green beans taste when they are roasted!
Are Roasted Green Beans Good?You already know my answer... I love love love this recipe! I eat it in place of french fries or as a snack. These roasted beans are easy to pick up, like french fries, and have a variety of flavor that will please your palate. Also, you know my kids' answer... all three of them will eat this when I make it, and two out of three actually ask me to make it! (My kids are 2, 5, and 7. Seven might be old enough to eat something because it's healthy. 2 and 5, however, are decidedly still of the age when candy for breakfast sounds like the best idea ever.)
Are Roasted Green Beans Good for you?Pretty much any green vegetable is a powerhouse for your body. Green beans are low in calories, high in fiber, and super high in vitamins and antioxidants. One cup of green beans (before roasting) equals almost 1/5 of your daily requirements of Vitamins A and C. They are also full of magnesium and potassium, which are important for heart health.
Everyday Roasted Green Beans
Delicious as a side dish, snack, or hors d’oeuvre, these green beans won’t last long in your house. Take the humble green bean to new heights of deliciousness by roasting it and adding a touch of lemon at the end! Roasted green beans are easy enough for weekday meals, but yummy enough for company. (Love roasted veggies? Try our roasted brussel sprouts too!)
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1/2 TBS olive oil or more, as necessary
- 1 TBS lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste (recommended: 1/4 tsp of each)
- optional: crushed walnuts for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Trim the ends off the green beans, if needed.
- Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet, with minimal overlapping (so that all the beans cook evenly).
- Roast at 400 for about 20 minutes, until the beans are slightly shriveled and have brown areas. Remove pan from oven.
- Sprinkle the lemon juice all over the beans. Using a spatula, quickly toss the beans to coat with the lemon juice and turn them over to ensure even roasting.
- Pop back in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Take out of oven and transfer to a plate. If desired, top with crushed walnuts for serving. Yum!