Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Roasted Green Beans

I get alot of vegetables from my Produce Basket, and I struggle to not serve the same dishes with the same vegetables over and over again. The vegetable rut, where you only have a go-to recipe (or specific way of preparing them) that gets a little old.

I saw this recipe at The Mother Load and thought it looked like a different twist on a regular 'ol side dish. I especially was drawn to this dish because it seemed different enough, but not too crazy or needed a ton of ingredients. This is a side dish, after all, and I like to keep them low key.

I got everything prepped earlier in the day, then put the minced garlic and lemon zest in a little container in with the green beans. It made it easy to pull it all out to pop in the oven.

I am also sharing this at Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesdays At The Table, and Life as Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap for Thanksgiving  and Eat At Home's Ingredient Spotlight.

Roasted Green Beans
recipe adapted from The Mother Load

2 pounds fresh green beans
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt & Pepper
Zest from one lemon (lemon saved for the juice)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grab a jelly roll pan and dump green beans on the pan. Sprinkle seasonings, lemon zest, and garlic over the green beans. Drizzle the olive oil over the green beans and then toss with your hands until they are all coated with the seasonings and zest. Spread out in a single layer and slide your cookie sheet into the oven. Roast fresh green beans for 20-25 minutes and stir once or twice. When they are done, pull from the oven and put them on a serving platter. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top (from the lemon you zested) and serve.

The verdict?
These were different enough to feel like a brand new dish, but familiar enough that it wasn't too earth shattering. The roasted garlic and lemon flavors keep the dish light, and my husband and I gobbled them up, and my son actually ate a few (which is a miracle enough) This is a great technique that I will be trying again soon!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking


  1. YUM! We love green beans but tend to serve the same way every time....steamed. I'm going to have to try this!


  2. I just LOVE roasted veggies. Roasting really brings out the lovely flavors. I haven't made roasted green beans since summer. Thanks for the reminder :)


  3. I love green beans and the idea of roasting them sounds AWESOME!!!