You have the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberries, the potatoes, and the pumpkin pie all planned out. But what about the green beans?
Do you love green bean casserole like I do, but don’t like the calories in that innocent looking dish? Give this lighter and simpler recipe a try: Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans. And don’t save it for just Thanksgiving – this side dish is easy enough for any day.
You can sometimes find bags of fresh (not frozen) green beans in the produce section that say “steam in bag”. I bought a bag and used it for this dish.
Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans
Recipe by Striving Bean
- Fresh green beans (not frozen). As many as you think you’ll need for your guests.
Snap off ends of green beans.
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (or toast your own from these instructions).
Can add more if desired.
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seed oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Boil a pot of water, large enough for the green beans
- When water is boiling, carefully place green beans in pot
- Blanche (boil) green beans for 2 minutes. This is to quickly soften the texture of green beans. Don’t skip this step.
- Drain green beans.
- Heat sesame oil in a pan, medium high heat.
- Place well-drained green beans in pan.
- Add sesame seeds and sea salt.
- Sautée for a few minutes.
- Serve warm.
Our family weighs in:
- Everybody like this easy side dish, my husband especially.