Garden Green Beans Recipe
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Garden Green Beans Recipe

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Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida uses garlic and Italian seasoning to dress up green beans straight from the garden. "This fast flavorful side dish is frequently on the menu for special occasions," she relates.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 cups cut fresh green beans (2-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion, optional
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared without salt) equals 38 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable.


  1. Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute mushrooms, onion if desired and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in water chestnuts and seasonings; heat through. Drain beans and stir into skillet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Garden Green Beans in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p56

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Easy and different way to serve green beans. I took this to a potluck today and received compliments. I love the fact that the ingredients are pretty basic and that it's low in fat, carbs and calories. When I make it again I am going to add some chopped red bell pepper to the sautéed vegetables for a little burst of color."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"I make this recipe all of the time. This is our favorite way to serve green beans!!"

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