Garlic Green Beans

Day two of Thanksgiving food, and we’re onto my favorites!

Side dishes of course. Look, I’ll be 100% honest – the turkey is not the most important thing to me on Thanksgiving, I’m all about those sides! I feel like that’s the general consensus for just about everyone? I’m not alone?

I know things like green bean casserole is a more traditional dish to serve, I’m personally a fan of some good old-fashioned simple green beans, so that’s what we’re serving up today.

This is another dish that literally comes together in no time. We’re talking under 15 minutes and boom, done. Sometimes (aka all the time) that is important for a big meal like Thanksgiving.

I love these green beans because they’re garlicky (the best!) with a nice pinch of spice – I’m a red pepper flake freak, but you can add as much or little as you want! – and a hit of lemon juice and zest. It’s simple, but so flavorful.

Also, please don’t just eat these green beans on Thanksgiving because these are something I make year round. Oh second also, I’m just waiting for the I to autocorrect into the A symbol like it does on iPhone right now, can someone get that thing fixed?

This Thanksgiving we’re heading to my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Illinois and I’m looking forward to spending an extra long weekend with some of the clan. Since we’re older now, it’s always fun to do holidays with an “all hands on deck” mentality, where we each contribute a dish or two to the day. It makes the day more fun when we’re all cooking together and everyone is so much more relaxed.

My brother has texted me about four times already demanding I make this and that, so as long as he keeps my drink full, I’m willing to make just about anything. Maybe.

Tomorrow we’re dishing up a fun twist on another favorite side dish of mine: STUFFING.

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Garlic Green Beans
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste depending on spiciness!)
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Ad the green beans and cook for 2 minutes, drain the green beans and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add in the green beans, lemon juice and a little bit of lemon zest, salt and pepper. Give everything a good toss together and cook for another minute, add additional seasoning/red pepper flakes to taste.
  3. Serve immediately!

3 thoughts on “Garlic Green Beans

  1. So fun you’re doing turkey day at Packy’s! I can’t wait to see snaps and all the photos on the blog. Green beans are seriously underrated… Fig made them at our Friendsgiving with pistachios, garlic, olive oil – so good. Also the bag of pistachios was called “nutmeat” so you can imagine the jokes. Going to suggest this recipe for next time!

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