Garlic green beans

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

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


  1. Mix the garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil.
  2. Steam the green beans in your steamer over a scant inch of water until crunchy tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. 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