These sweet sesame green beans come together in about 15 minutes. They are a tasty, easy addition to any weeknight meal.
Ah, Thanksgiving. One of my most favorite holidays. I am the kind of person where if you put your Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, I WILL judge you. Thanksgiving comes BEFORE Christmas and it’s just as important to celebrate.
It will feel different this year. The first Thanksgiving without my father. First one without my mother and I cooking up our family feast together to serve up on Thanksgiving day.
But it will be celebrated. Though there may be some alterations to the celebrations, Thanksgiving will go on. My mother is visiting from Arkansas and staying with us until Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon, Wade and I are making the drive up to Tyler, TX to then celebrate Thanksgiving with his extended family. This will be my second year attending Wade’s family Thanksgiving.
Since my mother is here until the day before Thanksgiving, we are having our own little mini feast! The menu will include turkey cutlets with bacon pan gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, rolls, and these sweet sesame green beans. With an apple crisp for dessert.
It’s difficult to get Wade to eat anything green, so when I find the chance to add some green to his plate and he actually enjoys it, you better believe I’m taking that chance as often as possible. Wade enjoys sesame green beans, although I have to make a couple alterations on this recipe for him. Nix the balsamic vinegar and add a touch less sweetener. Then he’s a big fan.
For everyone else I have ever made these green beans for, they’ve been a huge hit! I brought these green beans to a Friendsgiving a year ago and it was a favorite side dish of the night. I’ve had a few people ask me for the recipe, so here it is.
As a note, I buy french green beans from our local HEB in the produce department to make these babies. Although I have also used fresh green beans in the Summer time when they’re flavor is at it’s peak. Use your favorite green bean of choice, just be sure to buy raw green beans and cook them to tender at home.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sweet Sesame Green Beans
1 lb. green beans
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. stevia OR 1 Tbsp. honey
1 – 2 tsp. sesame seeds
Boil the green beans until tender in a medium sized pot OR microwave green beans in water (make sure water completely covers the beans) until tender. Drain beans.
Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add coconut oil. Add green beans. Saute green beans with 1 tsp. sesame seeds until beans just start to turn brown, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add balsamic vinegar, sweetener and salt. Saute an additional 5 minutes or until tender and browned to your liking.
Sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds. Serve immediately. These green beans can also be made ahead of time to take to a pot luck or save to eat later with a meal. Best reheated in skillet.
Linking up with Katie for Marvelous Monday.
What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?