These baked cheesy green beans are flavorful, easy and make the perfect vegetarian side dish. Made with fresh green beans, cabbage and cheese, this dish is sure to be a hit with the whole family! A delicious way to get some veggies into your family’s diet!
With pounds of green beans and cabbage to be picked in the garden, I have been trying to come up with new ways to eat our veggies. For dinner one night I was craving macaroni and cheese, but I also really wanted to use our green beans and cabbage. So, this unique cheesy green bean casserole meal was created. It’s like macaroni and cheese, but without the pasta!
Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich recipe that’s filled with veggies. This easy to make vegetarian dinner meal is only 550 calories, including roll and cheese!
Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
What I love about roasted vegetables is that it’s plug and play. I am using mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans in this recipe because they’re my favorite and they’re in season veggies from the garden but you do you. Want to add onions, broccoli or squash? Go for it. Ready to get your hoagie on?
A collection of the 30 Best Green Bean Recipes using FRESH green beans! Bookmark this page for your garden green beans! Dishes include casseroles, salads, crockpot, Instant Pot, roasted, Southern and Chinese recipes!
The Best Green Bean Recipes
We pick green beans by the basket in the garden. It always begins with a couple green beans, and then a handful, and suddenly you’re picking 5 pounds of beans and wondering “What should I make?”.
SLOW COOKER Green Beans Recipe with Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours. This is a healthy dish makes for delicious vegetable side dishes that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners. This has been become one of families favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes!
Vegetable Side Dishes
With the garden season almost complete for the year, I constantly want to come up with new recipes to try, especially those that will make yummy vegetable side dishes. With pounds of green beans and potatoes just dug up, I wanted to create an easy meal that could use all of them.
At my home, vegetable side dishes are quite popular with the entire family – adults and kids. So, I decided to create a rainbow side dish with all these veggies that everyone would love!
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!
If your garden is anything like ours right now you might be picking pounds and pounds of green beans. And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to turn on your stove to boil water to preserve your green beans during the Summer.
Last year I started to freeze our fresh green beans this way and they stayed extra fresh, keeping their bright green color and crunch. These frozen green beans last up to a year in the freezer making them a easy and economical way to save your green beans.
Yes! You can freeze fresh green beans without blanching. The method below saves time because it doesn’t require blanching the beans. You’re just going to trim the ends off, chop into desired sizes, wash them and freeze! It’s that easy!
This is my tried and tested method that I’ve been using for years with our green beans!
How to freeze green beans
Step 1: Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!
KETO Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole recipe that’s easy to make! This baked casserole is low carb and you can make ahead overnight if you’d like! It’s packed with vegetables and sprinkled with cheddar cheese!
Do you guys know about Joe’s Special? It’s a dish that started in San Francisco in the 1920s that consisted of eggs, ground beef, spinach and garlic. A few places make their own version, including a Brooklyn based restaurant that my husband fell in love with. I wanted to try a modern spin on it, removing the spinach and replacing it with green beans and peppers. The result is a delicious Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole!
Keto Casserole Recipe
This casserole is keto friendly and low carb, something I’ve been requested to make more of from my readers since I posted my Cauliflower Casserole recipe! It’s made with eggs and ground beef to be high in protein, and a homemade cream of mushroom soup that’s made with almond milk. Did I mention there’s shredded cheese on top to make it extra delicious?
EASY and HEALTHY Chinese Green Beans With Ham recipe! These taste just like the Chinese buffet! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make dish that only takes 15 minutes to make!
Chinese food is one of my favorites but I have to admit that usually after I eat takeout I feel guilty and awful. Over the years I’ve really been working hard to perfect some Chinese recipes to get them tasting like the restaurant but healthier by making them in my own kitchen. I even have a section of Chinese recipes favorites here, with a little push that the Chicken and Broccoli is a fan favorite on my blog.
Fresh Green Beans Recipe
Right now we have a bunch of green beans growing in the garden. I love rooting around in the bush beans trying to find the beans. I love my Slow Cooker Green Beans recipe, but I wanted to try something new!
With some freshly green beans just picked I knew what was on the menu: Chinese Green Beans, just like from the Chinese buffet! To make this a full all around meal ham is a great addition to Chinese Green Beans. You can used Cubed Ham or Diced Ham, depending on what you like. It’s also a perfect recipe for leftover ham.
What else do you need? I love adding green peppers to Chinese meals because they soak up the soy sauce and other sauces so nicely. Whenever I get broccoli and garlic sauce for takeout, they always add green peppers. I love it!
And 15 minutes later, your meal is done. That’s faster than calling the Chinese restaurant and waiting for it to be delivered! Not to mention it’s so much more healthy!
If you have sesame seeds in your pantry, sprinkle some on top. They make a nice little crunch on top.
Enjoy my Chinese Green Beans recipe! Now load up on beans and enjoy your meal!
Look at all the green vegetables we picked this week on our NYC rooftop garden!
We’re picking tomatoes like wild people but we’re also picking a ton of other vegetables. Right now there’s tomatillos, peppers (jalapeno and bell), soy beans, green beans, yellow beans, watermelon, cantaloupes, cucumbers, radishes and carrots growing. As soon as the soybeans are picked, broccoli will make it’s way to their bins. Once the carrots and radishes are harvested, a quick seed refresh will be planted to hope we can get them regrown by first frost. In our previous onion 4×4 containers a new batch of sugar snap peas were just planted in hopes they will make it before frost as well, although every year they seem to miss it by a week or two.
What’s growing and what are we picking in the garden that’s green? Let’s dive in.
Beans! Yellow beans, green beans, they’re everywhere! In the beginning years of the garden we didn’t have much luck with pole and bush beans but starting last year we tried it again and it worked. This year we decided to expand to pole beans and they are growing awesome. We added new fresh compost fertilizer to the soil and these beans took off. Matthew is 6 feet so check out how big they’ve gotten. The right side won with getting to the top first. :D)
We have multiple gallon sized bags full of green beans in the fridge with us picking more every day. We’ve been enjoying them for dinner sauteed and in vegetable soup (recipe coming soon) and I’ve been freezing a few bags to save until Winter.
Collection of 4 Mason Jar Salad Recipes. These salads are healthy and easy to pack for lunch. Recipes include Watermelon and Feta Salad, Caprese Salad, Green Bean and Feta Salad and Southwestern Salad.
Mason Jar Salad Recipes
I’m obessed with Mason Jar Lunches! They are just the perfect lunch time choice because you get to pack lunch. Also, since you’re packing lunch it’s a economical choice. Plus.. they look pretty cute!
Mason jars work great because it’s a vertical layered lunch. Instead of mixing it together like a salad, you stack it together. This allows you to keep some vegetables inside more crunchier instead of wilting at the touch of a salad dressing. I also love how quick it is to make a Mason Jar lunch. I can make the entire weeks worth in 30 minutes. Because you are packing all the ingredients together in the jar you are keeping the vegetables fresher longer.
Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad. Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!
Mason Jar Salad Recipes, Watermelon Salad
2 to 3tablespoonsSherry Vinaigrette
1cuphalved cherry tomatoes
⅓cuproughly chopped fresh parsley
2cupscubed seedless watermelon
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1pint-size Mason jar
Layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette dressing and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon, and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.
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8ouncesfresh mozzarella cheese
6 to 8fresh basil leaves
2pint-size Mason jars
Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese horizontally into ¼-inch rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette in the bottom of each Mason jar. Starting with the tomatoes, layer the salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves — repeating the layers until the jar is full. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil.
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¾cuphalved cherry tomatoes
¼cupthinly sliced shallots
6or 7 basil leaves
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1quart-size Mason jar
Trim the ends from the green beans; cut the beans in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat (don’t salt the water), add the beans, and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to an ice-water bath for a minute to stop the cooking process and preserve their color. Drain. When the green beans have cooled, layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, beginning with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, shallots, cooked beans, basil leaves, and feta cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.
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½cupblack beansrinsed and drained
½red vine-ripened tomatodiced
¼red bell pepperdiced
¼yellow bell pepperdiced
½cupcorn kernelsfresh or frozen
2cupsmixed salad greens
1quart-size Mason jar
Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos! This crockpot meal is one of my family’s favorites. We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos
Who doesn’t like tacos? Good, I am glad we all love them!
I could probably have tacos every single day. There’s so many varieties, so many things I can put on them, so many side dishes that go perfectly (like cilantro lime rice!). Oh tacos, how are you so great? One of my favorite recipes is Crockpot Chicken Tacos so I was interested in trying other Crockpot taco recipes because let’s be honest, I’m in love with my crockpot (or slow cooker if you must call it that too).
Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos were born! I was especially happy with these tacos because I got to use garden grown green peppers, onions (are you proud of me?), stewed tomatoes that I made from our tomatoes and then our tomato salsa on top! These tacos were so fresh!
We were both in love with these tacos when we had them for dinner and since it’s 2 pounds of beef, it’s enough for leftovers – so 2 taco nights in a row? Yes please!
This pepper steak is so great smelling! Just thinking about the smell makes my belly grown with hunger and love. I dare you to not just take one piece and eat it right away.
Throw some pepper steak on a tortilla, then add some salsa on top if you’d like. I added my Garden Tomato Salsa! Oh, can you wait to eat these? I cannot!
I highly suggest taking some of the juices from the crockpot and pouring it on top. This just makes it MORE PERFECT! Happy Taco Dinner Time!
You’re about to become everyone’s favorite at any gathering!
I love green bean casserole. It reminds me of holidays, friends, smiles. I also love it because it’s green and beautiful. A few days ago around midnight, Matthew came into the bedroom where I was reading and asked if we could have green bean casserole “tomorrow”. I told him we would gather the ingredients the next day. Then I came to thinking how I made broccoli casserole last year and I loved it so much, so why don’t we mix these beans and brocs and make a delicious green bean and broccoli casserole? I can’t be happier about how it came out! In the recipe below I am using frozen vegetables which adds simplicity in the time saving department.
Stir in frozen beans, frozen broccoli and 1 cup fried onions. Stir good.
Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. (Make sure it's hot inside)
Stir it, then top your remaining 1/2 cup onions on top.
Bake 5 more minutes until your onions are golden brown.
We are getting down to the nitty gritty with saved frozen vegetables from the garden last year. I found these guys hiding in the back of the freezer, they are the last bag.
Here are all your ingredients.
Cream of mushroom soup – I love you.
Does anyone eat cream of mushroom soup by itself? I don’t but I can imagine how good it would be as I always lick the spoon clean after scooping it out.
Then add your milk.
Mix it! Arm workout!
Add pepper and stir again!
Add your frozen beans..
Then your frozen broccoli…
Here are your fried onions. Truth: I don’t like onions. I’m really picky about them. But for some reason I’m 100% fine with these fried onions – how that makes sense, I have no idea.
Sprinkle your onions in..
Then more arm power and keep mixing..
Until you have a creamy beautiful mixture that looks like that. Into the oven it goes..
Then 40 minutes later, this lovely smelling dish comes out.
We want to add some more onions to crisp the top. This will really make the casserole extra special!
5 more minutes until they’re slightly browned on top.
Oh man, about this time Matthew just happily showed up in the kitchen. I slapped his hands away.
Many people serve bean/broccoli casserole as a side, but we had it for a man dish with some toasted garlic bread/bread rolls. There is creaminess residing in the casserole so you want to have some bread to dip in..
Serve away! Just wait for the “ooohs” and “aahhs” and “iloveyous”.