Let’s face it – we all have green beans in the freezer. They are probably somewhere at the back of the freezer, buried under the more appealing vegetables, covered in icicles.
There’s no way to say it politely… green beans are just that kind of vegetable.
Many people, us included, tend to avoid cooking green beans in favor of other, more flavorful veggies.
But, green beans are actually an incredibly versatile ingredient that can bring a dish to life – you just need to know how to season and cook them properly!
That’s where we come in. Below, we’ve listed 23 of our favorite frozen green bean recipes. Each one is super healthy, easy to make, and full of great flavor and texture!
Don’t believe that green beans can be that great? This list is certain to change your mind.
We had to kick this list off with this super simple and tasty side dish. It calls for adding a splash of white wine, lemon juice, and a heavy sprinkle of garlic to your green beans.
When these perfectly seasoned beans are combined with crispy, salty bacon, the result is addictively good.
We’ll say it now – you’ll notice a theme as you read through this list. The combination of green beans and lemon is a perfect one.
In this recipe, the sharpness of the lemon works to cut through the indulgently creamy sauce to create a super well-balanced dish. Hellman’s mayonnaise is on the ingredients list, but feel free to make your own instead!
If you’re looking for a hearty lunch or a healthy and well-balanced dinner, we highly recommend that you check out this recipe.
It requires just 5 ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to throw together. For the best results, we recommend that you purchase high-quality pesto or make your own.
Who doesn’t love a heart-warming, filling soup in the winter months? Well, these soups actually provide a great way to use up your frozen green beans!
This soup, in particular, is full of goodness and the addition of green beans works to create a wonderful texture.
It is worth mentioning that it takes quite a while to cook, but we promise you, it is worth it!
Following any diet can be tricky. However, the keto diet is particularly restrictive. When following the keto diet, it can be really hard to find delicious recipes to fit into your everyday schedule.
That’s where this recipe comes in. These keto green beans are super tasty and fit wonderfully into a keto diet.
If you’re anything like us, you love a low-maintenance meal – especially if there’s minimal washing up to do afterward.
This recipe is as low-maintenance as it gets, and it is absolutely delicious! Once coated in seasoning and air-fried, green beans become crunchy and full of flavor! It is an ideal side dish for a BBQ.
If you fancy an indulgent and creamy dinner but also want to make sure that you’re staying healthy, this recipe is perfect.
These creamy green beans feel decadent and taste delicious, whilst also being full of vitamins and super economical.
What more could you want? This recipe is also very versatile, so feel free to add in any of your favorite greens!
Don’t let the long ingredients list put you off this recipe. It does require a lot of different seasoning, but we promise you, it is so worth it!
Plus, the seasonings listed are used in many different curry recipes, so you won’t be short of tasty new meals to try! We love serving these green beans with basmati rice.
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, economical weeknight side dish, this is perfect for you. It combines onion, garlic, green beans, a bell pepper, and simple seasonings.
Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients list fool you into thinking this dish is bland – it is bursting with flavor! For the best results, cook your onions for slightly longer than stated.
Many people avoid Asian-style recipes in fear of the list of ingredients they may have to hunt down.
But, this recipe is very simple. In fact, for the sauce, you just need soy sauce (which is sold in most supermarkets), brown sugar, and olive oil. Simple, right? And, the result is addictively tasty!
Tossing your green beans into a salad is a great way to use them up and make your dish even healthier!
This crushed parmesan, potato, and green bean salad is especially delicious and very budget-friendly.
For the best results, we recommend serving with a heavy handful of parmesan and a drizzle of high-quality olive oil on top.
If you’ve never tried almond and parmesan together, you are really missing out! This nutty and salty combination really brings green beans to life.
As a bonus, this recipe requires just 5 ingredients, many of which you likely already own, and it takes less than 30 minutes to throw together! What more could you ask for?
If you’re looking for a super healthy salad that will leave you feeling satisfied for hours, look no further than this green bean, pancetta, and chickpea salad.
The pancetta adds a delicious saltiness to the dish, whilst the green beans and chickpeas are packed with healthy goodness that will leave you feeling energized.
Who doesn’t love a one-pan dinner? This one-pan roast chicken recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights. In fact, this recipe has become a part of our weekly rotation.
It is super colorful, full of flavor, and incredibly healthy. Even the pickiest of eaters around the table are sure to enjoy this dish.
If you want to try something new and hearty, we highly recommend this Bavarian slow cooker green beans recipe. It takes just one hour to come together, and it is incredibly filling and heart-warming!
This dish is perfect for a lazy, dark, and cold weeknight winter evening. For the best results, make sure to use high-quality bacon.
This is a great recipe to try if you want to get your family involved in the cooking process. With a few people chopping and preparing the ingredients, this dish comes together very quickly.
It is also absolutely packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! Make sure that you make a large batch, the leftovers are ideal for quick weekday lunches or dinners.
This isn’t the only soup on this list. However, if you enjoy beef soup with a super-rich broth, this is the perfect soup for you.
In addition to being mouth wateringly delicious, it is also full of super healthy ingredients that your body craves during the winter months.
In fact, you can feel free to add in your favorite veggies if they aren’t already listed, as it’s very versatile!
This recipe takes beef and green beans to a whole new level. Admittedly, it does require a lot of ingredients – so you’ll likely have to purchase a few extra bits in your weekly shop.
However, it is definitely worth the extra effort. This is the most flavorful beef dish we’ve ever tried!
If you are looking for a super healthy dish, it doesn’t get much more balanced than fish, green beans, and an oatmeal sauce.
Now… it might not sound like the most appetizing recipe, but as soon as you’ve tried it, you’ll become obsessed! And, the whole dish requires just 5 ingredients!
We all love getting a takeout. In fact, Chinese takeout is our favorite. But, it can be expensive and very unhealthy.
If you’re craving takeout but you want something more economical and fresh, we highly recommend that you give this dish a try. The orange chicken is packed with flavor and the veggies make it feel super healthy!
There is no better combination than steak and chips. But, if you fancy turning this classic into a more balanced plate, why not add some well-seasoned green beans?
This recipe will transform your frozen green beans into a garlicky delicacy! For the best results, we recommend using skirt steak.
If you’re sick and tired of the same old veggie side dishes, this Sichuan dry-fried green beans recipe is certain to spice things up!
Some of the ingredients may not be in your local grocery store, so be sure to plan ahead if you fancy this dish. We promise you, it is definitely worth the extra effort. We love serving this as a side dish to noodles.
23. Stuffin’ Muffins
Finally, we couldn’t finish this list without including these awesome stuffin’ muffins. If you’re hosting a gathering and are stuck for healthy and economical appetizer ideas, this recipe is perfect.
However, we want to warn you – they are incredibly moreish, so make a large batch to go around!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Add To Green Beans For Flavor?
Green beans are a very common vegetable. In fact, they are particularly easy to grow, so many gardeners have an excess of green beans at the end of the growing season.
However, many people struggle to incorporate them into meals because they have quite a bland taste.
To give your green beans flavor, there are a few spices that are particularly useful. These include garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salad, and pepper.
Be sure to generously coat your green beans in these seasonings before, during, and after you cook them.
Are Green Beans Good For Weight Loss?
Green beans are obviously healthy. But, there is a lot of conflicting information regarding whether they are good for weight loss.
In our opinion, due to their high protein, high fiber, and low-calorie status, green beans are a great vegetable to eat if you want to lose weight.
In fact, studies have shown that people who eat high-fiber food are less likely to experience hunger.
However, remember it is important to eat a balanced and varied diet, so enjoy green beans alongside an array of other vegetables.
Are Canned Green Beans Healthy?
Canned vegetables are always a source of controversy. Due to the canning process, many people believe that canned vegetables aren’t as good for you as fresh vegetables.
Whilst this may be true in some cases, it isn’t necessarily the case for green beans.
In fact, canned green beans have a very similar nutritional content to fresh green beans. They hold all of the same health benefits and are an excellent source of vitamins (including A, C, D, and K).
Most households likely have a bunch of green beans in their freezer. We hope that this article has inspired you to get them out and create some healthy, vibrant, economical, and most importantly of all, super tasty meals for you and your family.