9/16/13

Tasty Sides: Garlic Butter Green Beans


How do you get your kids (or husband as the case may be) to eat their greens? Smother them in butter of course! Before you start yelling: "Heart Attack!" Hear me out. Butter is not the enemy that the world out there would have you believe. Now were you to make this with margarine or fake spray butter or any other substitute, then yes, that would be bad. Very, very bad. 

I love this quote I read today from Natural Society:

For decades, people ate butter with nearly every meal, smeared on bread with fresh (homemade) jam or slathered over (non-GMO) corn. But in the 1920s when margarine made its debut, things changed for the creamy topper. We were quite literally sold on the benefits of this man-made chemical storm competitor, and only later would we figure out that it contained something called trans fats—far more dangerous than the saturated fats it chased us away from.

Do we have less heart attacks today because commercials and most nutritionist steered us towards margarine and away from butter? I think not! What is the number one cause of death in this country again? Oh yea, Heart Disease. What was it in 1900? Influenza and Pneumonia. What has changed since then? The creation of factory made foods! I will say it again and again. If God wanted us to eat low fat dairy, it would come out of the cow that way!

Green beans contain vitamin A and K. Cool! But both vitamins are fat soluble. Just try and absorb them if you steam your beans and omit the vital fat needed to process them. They also contain calcium and potassium, and Vitamin C.  (Note: Apples also contain A and K. How about eating with a bit of my other favorite butter: Peanut Butter.)

Rant over...Now on to the recipe! Whenever I cook up these beans, there are never any left. In fact, the kids fight over who gets the last serving. They would never do this with a plain old bean.

Garlic Butter Green Beans:


1 lb fresh or frozen green beans (or two cans if that is how you roll).
2 T butter
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 t salt (or to taste)

Wash beans, then cut in half. Add to a pot with a small amount of water and let steam until you reach your desired tenderness. Drain.

In a large fry pan, melt the butter and add the garlic. Cook one minute on medium heat. Then toss in the beans. Sprinkle on the salt. Let cook until heated through. One or two minutes. Serve immediately.

Variation: Add mushrooms and (cooked) bacon to the butter and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are tender and add the green beans.

Do not fear the butter my friends! Don't go off and eat a stick a day or anything. But do your research and then do what feels right and tastes great to you.

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26 comments:

  1. Green Beans are my FAVORITE side dish. I broil them, and they come out all crispy and yum!

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    1. I think most veggie cooked in the oven comes out delish!! In fact, that is the only way I like olive oil on my veggies. If it is roasted in. Gotta try broiling next.

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  2. I loved your comment about how God would have made it come out of the cow low fat if that was how he wanted it. So true and I totally agree!!

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    1. Yes, that is pretty much my philosophy on food. Eat it the way nature intended. Thanks for commenting Ashley.

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  3. I remember hearing that butter is actually a healthy fat.
    Those look good! Gotta pin the recipe. :)

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    1. Butter is my favorite fat! And yes, healthy in moderation.

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  4. I'm still not sure my kids will eat their veggies, no matter how much butter I put on them...but this recipe does look delicious either way. Thanks!

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    1. Well, in all honesty, my three year old still won't touch anything green. But the good news is that my 6 year old is improving!! She picks the seeds out of the middle. Silly girl.

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  5. Butter does help :) So does brown sugar on occasion. But I think you're on to something, once a kiddo opens his mind to a food and gets the taste of it, he'll be more likely to eat it later prepared in a different way.

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    1. If only that were true for all veggies at our house. We are all trying to do better at eating them.

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  6. I've never thought of putting butter in with my green beans. I will have to try that. My mother always cooks hers with a little bit of bacon grease, but I just can't make myself feed my baby bacon grease. :) Next time I make green beans for him, I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Never? Well, welcome to a whole new world. Although bacon isn't the demon it is made out to be either. A natural healthy fat also, in moderation. No kidding!

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  7. I love my buttered vegetables! Butter is good. (in moderation of course) My youngest tells me he doesn't like any vegetables, but he will sometimes let me put a green bean on his plate. I better make sure it really tastes good when he finally decides he will put it in his mouth. That day will come. I never liked grean beans as a kid and now they are my favorite. I make a similar recipe to this and then give it a squeeze of lemon, too. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing this with our Let's Get Real readers. I always look forward to seeing what you have to bring.

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    1. I have some kids that love them. One that picks the tiny beans inside out and leaves the rest. It's a start, right?

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  8. Subscribing from Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. I enjoyed your "pinteresting" play on words so: (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/95983035781699364/). I struggle all the time with getting my family to eat veggies, but seeing that we have enough room finally to plant a g-a-r-d-e-n next year, they'yre going to be looking at a while lot more! :O)

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    1. They say that kids will eat it if they pick it. This may be true. A few have tried cherry tomatoes this year when they wouldn't touch them before.

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  9. I'm a big fan of butter, and one of my favourite ways to serve green beans is with butter and salt. I like your addition of the garlic.

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    1. Oh yes, the garlic makes the dish for me! Hope you enjoy.

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  10. I love your writing style and sense of humor! I have picked this as one of my Features for Tuesday with a Twist. This is my last week co-hosting the hop but I will be following you on Bloglovin. LOL New staker here!!!

    Mindie
    The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl
    http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

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  11. Butter is definitely a girl's best friend :) Thank you so much for sharing this on WNWNW, I’ve pinned it : )

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  12. This looks truly yummy! I love green beans. I am going to have to try this recipe SOON!

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  13. I love green beans! My freezer is full from the summer's harvest. Can't wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow - Nancy The Home Acre Hop

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