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Looking for a healthier alternative to green bean casserole this Thanksgiving? Try this equally delicious sautéed green bean recipe, it will disappear right before your eyes!

Thanksgiving traditions run deep in every family, and if you mess with the turkey, or grandma’s stuffing recipes, you may be shunned… but you can get creative with the sides!

Why do all the classics seem to be casseroles? Haven’t we moved out of the 70s?! Shake things up a bit this year. Especially when the average Thanksgiving plateful weighs out at about 2,000 calories, you can loose one casserole! Swap out the dated green bean casserole for these sautéed green beans and onions; you can thank me later. The sweet caramelized onions still pack the richness that you expect from Thanksgiving, but is much healthier for your family.

Don’t forget to stock up on all your Thanksgiving veggies at your local farmer’s markets the weekend before! Swapping fresh veggies for canned ones will sure lighten up your table and add flavor to every dish! I got these fresh green beans from my local Johnson’s Backyard Garden CSA box! Enjoy!


Sautéed Green Beans & Onions

Time: 30 mins   Serves: 4

-1lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed

-1 large onion, diced

-2 tbls unsalted butter

-1 tbls olive oil

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

-salt & pepper

-2 garlic cloves, finely minced

-1 tbls fresh thyme (about 7-8 sprigs)

-1/4 cup of thinly sliced almonds (optional)


Bring a medium pot of water to boil on the stove. Add the green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes until they are bright green.

Transfer the green beans to a bowl of ice water to “shock” the beans, and stop the cooking process so they will retain their crispness.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil.

Add the onions, red pepper flakes, and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes until caramelized.

Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the green beans, and cook until just warmed through. About 2 mins.

Sprinkle with sliced almonds if you wish.