Green Beans with
Caramelized Onions and Almonds

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Swap this healthy green bean recipe for traditional green bean casserole on your Thanksgiving table this year. It’s brimming with healthy fats, fiber, and flavor!

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Where does the time go? I say this every year but I really do wonder where it all goes. The past few weeks, some of my time has gone to Chicago and I’ve spent plenty of time in the kitchen making stuff. Though I’m just getting to post it, I made this healthy green bean recipe a few weeks ago as part of a Thanksgiving Sides demo.

Caramelized Green Beans made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The event was last night and went off without a hitch. I shared this recipe along with whipped sweet potatoes with zero refined sugar, and fresh cranberry sauce made in the pressure cooker onsite. The green beans were the surprise standout. Since people love a green bean casserole on Thanksgiving, I knew that putting something without cream and battered and fried onions on the table was a gamble. But it worked.

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To make this recipe, I started by caramelizing sweet onions. Though easier than it looks, it takes a bit of time. That’s the most tedious part of the recipe but I suggest making a big batch and using them for lots of other things like toppings on pizza or roasted vegetables or tossed into omelets. For a more in-depth look at this process check out my post on How to Caramelize Onions.

I blanched fresh green beans for 4-5 minutes and immediately tossed them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. You can do both of these steps a day before the big day. Once the onions are caramelized and the green beans are blanched, you simply toss them together with more extra virgin olive oil, toasted almonds, and salt and pepper.

And you have a healthy, delicious side that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year!

Be sure to pin this recipe for later!

Green Beans in skillet for Pinterest


Green Beans Caramelized Onions and Almonds

Swap this healthy green bean recipe for traditional green bean casserole on your Thanksgiving table this year. It’s brimming with healthy fats, fiber, and flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 127kcal


  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions (about 1 large)
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 pound fresh green beans (about 4 cups trimmed)
  • 1 pot boiling water for blanching
  • kosher salt and coarse black pepper to taste


  • Caramelize the onions: Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onion. Stirring occasionally, set heat to medium-low and allow the onions to cook slowly about 20-25 minutes until browned but not burned. Once done, add the vegetable broth to deglaze the pan. Remove the caramelized onions from the pan and reserve.
  • While onions are cooking, blanch the green beans in the boiling water - about 5 minutes. Remove the green beans from the boiling water and store in the refrigerator or an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  • Put it all together: Add 1 T olive oil to the warm skillet. Add the blanched green beans, onions and almonds back to the skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.


Calories: 127kcal

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