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How to cook green beans at Thanksgiving other than in a casserole

Posted by ReganJonesRD
November 14, 2013
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These Cranberry Walnut Green Beans are the best way to serve green beans at Thanksgiving without making a casserole.

These Cranberry Walnut Green Beans are the best way to serve green beans at Thanksgiving without making a casserole.

 

It's that time of year... fried onions are on sale, cans of cream-of-whatever lead the way through the supermarket like a red carpet and food blogs are posting their new spin on this classic Thanksgiving side dish.

And then there's me.

I don't like green bean casserole.

There. I said it. (I also don't particularly like sweet tea, cantaloupe, oysters or English peas, if anyone cares.)

So what's a food blogger to do to get in the festive food spirit for Thanksgiving if she doesn't like, crave or even tolerate green bean casserole?

Develop an anti-green-bean-casserole-strategy -- what I affectionately refer to as Green Beans Not Made With Canned Soup.

These Cranberry Walnut Green Beans are the best way to serve green beans at Thanksgiving without making a casserole.

This recipe is one of my favorite ways to serve green beans at Thanksgiving other than green bean casserole. But really, it's just an idea starter to get you thinking about all the things you can do with green beans other than smother them in canned soup.

Ideally, I look at the green bean as I would lettuce greens... anything you'd top a salad with, you can top blanched green beans with... and there ya go! I also like to make a version similar to this but using Greek Salad ingredients instead of the fruit and walnuts (think feta and black olives). 

These Cranberry Walnut Green Beans are the best way to serve green beans at Thanksgiving without making a casserole.

What about you? Any traditional Thanksgiving dishes you'd rather fall off the menu this year?

Skip the green bean casserole this Thanksgiving and try these Cranberry Walnut Green Beans instead!
These Cranberry Walnut Green Beans are the best way to serve green beans at Thanksgiving without making a casserole.

Cranberry-Walnut Green Beans

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Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh or thawed, frozen green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup walnut halves or pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped

Directions

  1. Cook green beans in lightly salted boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain green beans and plunge them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Transfer mixture to a serving dish; set aside.
  2. Heat butter oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add walnuts and toast until fragrant. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, tossing well to combine. Spoon over green beans; top with cranberries and chopped bacon.
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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