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November 14, 2019

by Alyssa

5-Ingredient Sauteed Garlic Green Beans

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These sauteed garlic green beans are the easiest recipe you'll ever make! They use just 5 ingredients, taste incredible, are gluten-free and vegan, and make the perfect side dish. They're especially great for the holidays!

Easy Sauteed Green Beans

It's nearly the holiday season and I've got some good recipes coming your way!

As you're planning your holiday tables, I actually love starting with the sides. For me, and I know a lot of others who follow a plant-based diet, the sides are where it's at. So I make sure that I have plenty of allergy-friendly sides that everyone who comes to eat can enjoy.

Plus, sides are just so tasty and you get to have so many more flavors on your plate!

We're kicking things off with a simple side dish that can be used all year long. It's my favorite green bean recipe and one that my parents have made for years!

We're making sauteed garlic green beans and here's the deal:

they use just 5 ingredients
are ready in about 15 minutes

…and they can even be made ahead and reheated for your holiday table!

How to make Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients for Garlic Green Beans

I know that the holidays can be stressful, that's why I like to keep things as simple as possible. Giving you dishes that don't use a lot of ingredients and are simple to make. These healthy sauteed green beans are it!

Here's what you need to make them:

  • Green beans: that you'll want to wash, trim and then cut in half
  • Olive oil: or whatever other oil you like to saute with
  • Garlic: and we're using a lot of it! Make sure to go with your own tastes. If you're not super into garlic, feel free to just use a little less.
  • Tamari: one of my favorite ways to add flavor and salt at the same time. I use this low-sodium gluten-free one!
  • Sliced almonds: just to give the dish a little crunch. You can leave these out or you could replace them with another nut or seed.

collage of sauteed green beans with garlic and tamari

How to Make Sauteed Green Beans

Truly this is one of the easiest holiday side dishes you'll ever make. We start by just warming up the oil in your skillet. Then we saute our green beans with our garlic until everything is fragrant and cooked.

pouring tamari into pan with sauteed green beans

Next, we add in some tamari. The tamari will steam the beans even more and create the most amazing flavor. (note: it's also where the saltiness comes in!)

collage of garlic green beans sauteed with tamari and almonds

The final step is adding in some almonds. You can definitely skip this step if you want, but I love it for two reasons:

  1. the almonds add some crunch
  2. the almonds make the dish look prettier

And since we're making this for a holiday table – we are about it ALL!

Ways to Serve Green Beans

What to Serve with Garlic Green Beans

Now…let's talk about what these fabulous garlic green beans pair with! I personally think these are great for Thanksgiving, so I'd recommend going with a spread like this. This is what I'm planning to make for Thanksgiving this year and it's perfect for plant-based eaters and meat-eaters alike!

  • Creamy mashed potatoes
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Herb Crusted Tofu (and/or Turkey)
  • Vegan Cornbread Stuffing
  • Mushroom Gravy

And of course, no Thanksgiving plate would be complete without a gorgeous slice of pie. Here's my favorite Vegan Pumpkin Pie or you could make these fabulous Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Bars and turn them into pie.

Sounding pretty tasty? I think so!! Happy holiday cooking and I can't wait to see your spreads ????

5-Ingredient Garlic Green Beans

More Easy Holiday Side Dishes to try:

5-Ingredient Sauteed Garlic Green Beans

These Sautéed Garlic Green Beans are the easiest recipe you'll ever make! They use just 5 ingredients, taste incredible, are gluten-free and vegan, and make the perfect side dish. They're especially great for the holidays!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 140kcal
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Best Garlic Green Beans Recipe
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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the green beans and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
    collage of sauteed green beans with garlic and tamari
  • Add the tamari a splash at a time, helping the green beans to steam a little and quicken the cooking process.
    pouring tamari into pan with sauteed green beans
  • Once the green beans are nearly done, add the almonds.
    collage of garlic green beans sauteed with tamari and almonds
  • Serve immediately or reheat in the oven at 300ºF.
    overhead of sauteed garlic green beans in a white pan with almonds and wooden spoon



Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1043IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg
5-Ingredient Garlic Green Beans

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  1. So glad I came across you on youtube – which brought me here! I’ll be bringing a side dish to an intimate dinner for four on Thanksgiving and one person is vegan and one is vegetarian. I usually make the traditional cream of mushroom soup and green bean casserole but obviously can’t do so this time around. Have you ever added fresh mushrooms to this recipe? TIA


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