Green Beans and Caramelized Onions

Rather than the traditional green bean casserole, why not make a lighter dish to accompany your other heavy Thanksgiving dishes. The caramelized onions in this recipe complement green beans in a way that will please any sensible eater.

There are 50 healthy calories in each serving.

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Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 8 servings

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  • Green Beans
    Green Beans


  • 1 pound green beans, stems removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Blanch and shock the green beans. To do this, prepare a bowl of ice water and set aside. Add beans to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes for thick beans or 1-2 minutes for thin beans. The beans will be firm still and a bright green color. Strain beans and immediately place them in the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Strain and set aside.
  2. Sprinkle salt over onions.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions to skillet and allow to cook un-harassed for 15 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir and allow to cook an additional 45-60 minutes or until caramelized (they’ll be light brown in color).
  4. Place blanched green beans in a baking dish and spread caramelized onions over the green beans.
  5. Refrigerate until 10 minutes before dinner.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes, or until heated.


  • Vegetarian and vegan


Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Servings per batch 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 36 (72%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 591mg 31%
Potassium 83mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Green Beans and Caramelized Onions was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by Audrey

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