Tender, crunchy and full of goodness, green beans are the perfect, no-fuss side vegetable that goes with pretty much anything. They can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, stir-fried or baked, made into a delicious green bean soup, or added to stews and casseroles, including Thanksgiving favourite, green bean casserole. Their tender texture also makes them perfect for coating in batter and deep-frying.
As well as being delicious, green beans are also incredibly good for you. They’re low in calories, virtually fat-free, and crammed full of nutrients. One cup of uncooked green beans contains around 25 percent of the daily recommended value for vitamin C, 15 percent for vitamin A, and 10 percent of the B vitamin folate, all for just 31 calories.. They are also a good source of plant protein, along with various important minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Green beans can actually refer to several different cultivars of the common bean, all of which are eaten while the fruit is still immature, with tiny, unripe beans in an edible pod. They are also commonly known as French beans, string beans, or haricot vert.
Hugely popular with gardeners because they are so easy to grow, green beans produce a bumper crop throughout the end of the summer, so if you do have some growing in your vegetable garden, it’s a good idea to have plenty of green bean recipes to hand. They are also served in huge dishes at family potlucks and holiday meals, so even the biggest bean lovers can sometimes end up with leftovers, particularly around holiday season.
Leftover green beans recipe
Whether you have a summer bean crop that keeps on growing, or some tasty holiday leftovers, make the most of your bean bounty with these tasty green bean recipes.
Green bean casserole: a well-loved Thanksgiving favourite, this simple casserole is made with tender beans, crispy fried onions and a creamy mushroom soup sauce.
Leftover holiday green beans: liven up your leftovers with garlic and bacon for this luxurious side dish by Toot Sweet 4 Two.
Leftover green bean Niçoise: this elegant salad dish from My Recipes is the perfect choice for a quick and healthy lunch, with meaty tuna, red potatoes and a touch of sweetness from hazelnuts and dried cranberries.
Blistered green beans: full of flavour, and so easy to make, this side dish from Yummly pairs tender green beans with garlic, salted pistachios and fragrant orange peel.
Creole green beans: buttery and spicy, with a sprinkling of salty bacon, this filling and tasty dish from Yummly works as either a decadent side dish, or a meal in its own right.
Gochujang green beans: transform your leftovers in just 14 minutes with this spicy and umami-rich Korean-inspired dish from Yummly.
Using leftovers is a great way of reducing waste, helping the environment, and it also saves you the unpleasant task of throwing out spoiled food. Find out how to make the most of your leftovers with these 7 Great Leftover Recipes.