For as long as I can remember green beans have been a staple at our family dinner table–and a must
for most holiday meals.
My family’s southern style green beans were swimming in a brine of fat back, lard or smoked neck bones
and usually cooked to death.
My childhood beans were soggy, salty and greasy.
But they tasted good to me back then.
I mean I didn’t know any better at the time.
Today as an adult, I still love green beans but I have altered my family’s traditional recipe quite a bit.
Whenever I find fresh, organic green beans at my local farmer’s market I always grab a large bunch and
bring them home.
Often, I’ll simply steam my green beans lightly and eat them as is.
Other times I’ll season them with a pinch of sea salt, dulse, and sometimes I’ll toss them in a little coconut
or olive oil.
I often add raw or slightly steamed green beans to my salads for a nice bit of crunch.
But I have found that a touch of sweetness makes an amazing difference in the flavor of green beans.
Try this recipe below.
Fresh green beans, sautéed simply in healthy oil and maple syrup, are tender, sweet and delicious.
Sweet Maple Green Beans
2 cups green beans
2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil (or your choice of oil)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Sea salt and pepper
Steam green beans until softened.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add the maple syrup and green beans saute for a few minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Let’s face it, if you’re being good and eating your green beans, you may as well make a treat
I’ve found that with green beans, as in life, a little sweetness makes all the difference in the world.
They also make a delicious side dish for your holiday meals.
What is your favorite way to prepare vegan green beans?
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