October 24, 2012 posted by dre

caramelized green beans

i’m pretty sure not everyone who reads this is as excited about a green bean recipe as i am.  in fact, it sounds pretty lame, i know.

roasted caramelized green beans, healthy side dish

but if you’ve never “roasted” your green beans in the oven before…you are most definitely missing out!

not only is it a super easy way to cook them, but there is virtually zero clean up.  no slaving over a stove, no straining the beans, and no  blasted “hand wash only” calphalon pot to clean out afterwards!  (i told my husband the only reason i would ever want my own cooking show is because they have a full time staff hired just to clean up the kitchen when they’re done!)  haha. :)

okay, if i haven’t sold you on the ease factor of this recipe, let me just tell you how delicious they are.  they start to caramelize when you bake them which creates a slightly crispier texture than a boiled green bean and is full of flavor.  if i don’t put away left overs immediately, i will stand over the baking sheet and eat the whole tray of green beans one-by-one, cold, like it was candy!  that’s how good these are.

roasted caramelized green beans, healthy side dish

if you have a picky, veggie-phobic child…try this recipe. seriously.

out with the green bean casserole this thanksgiving and in with these caramelized green beans!

caramelized green beans

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound of frozen organic green beans (i use frozen because they are able to retain so many more nutrients when frozen as soon as possible after they are picked)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin organic olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. place aluminum foil or parchment paper over a baking sheet
  3. in a bowl, toss green beans with olive oil and seasonings until evenly coated
  4. spread out in a single layer on your baking sheet
  5. bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly caramelized, stirring once half way through

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