Healthy Alternative for Green Bean Casserole

Don’t get me wrong…I like green bean casserole.


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In fact, it used to be our “go-to food” in college. It was the one warm, mushy comfort food we could successfully make in our little toaster oven.The roommates and I agreed that any day we needed a “pick me up” – green bean casserole could accomplish this PLUS some.

Your boyfriend broke up with you?

No problem. I’ve got green bean casserole.

You flunked your chemistry test?

I got you. Have some of this green bean casserole.

Your family cut you out of their vacation?

One second. I’ll whip up some green bean casserole.

You’re broke and nearly homeless?

Life’s not so bad. Here’s some green bean casserole.Cheer up.

Seriously. Do you know any other food with this kind of healing power?

The only negative aspect of green bean casserole is at 322 kcal per serving, PERHAPS there are healthier ways of cooking green beans…

Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes

And so, I present to you – a new wonderful green bean recipe (58 calories per serving) for healthy adults who have bad days, get dumped by our significant others, lose our job, quit taking vacations, and end up broke and homeless!

Yes, you.

It’s going to be a good day after all… :)

Recipe: Dill Green Beans with Fresh Tomatoes

Green Beans


Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes


  • 3-4 C Fresh Green Beans (no stems)
  • 1/4 C Fresh Dill, rough chop
  • 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 1-2 tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Prep all ingredients as directed.
  2. Bring a pot of water (1 inch deep) to boil and insert steamer.
  3. Steam green beans until bright green, but still firm. Remove from heat.
  4. While hot, add dill, olive oil, tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  5. Toss and serve.

 A Note to the Diabetics: This is considered a non-carbohydrate side. Have seconds! Have thirds! Turn yourself green from the inside out! Okay… I might have gotten a bit carried away. TECHNICALLY, you’re supposed to count non-starchy vegetables (like green beans and tomatoes) as 15 grams IF you have three or more servings (3 cups in this case) at one time. So, just have 2 1/2 cups and call it good OR have 6 cups and count it as 30 grams of carbohydrate. Whatever you prefer… ;)

Who can be upset now? Nobody.

GrEeN BeAnS to the REScuE!

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