Garlic green beans

Here's another very simple Thanksgiving side dish. And you don't need to add a can of mushroom soup concentrate like I got when growing up.  I steamed the beans rather than boiling them to help retain nutrients.

Servings: 6


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut however they look nice to you
  • 1 clove garlic mashed with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.


Mix the garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil.   Steam the green beans in your steamer over a scant inch of water until crunchy tender --- 3-5 minutes. Toss with the dressing, season, and serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 45
  • Total Fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g


Preston Maring, MD