This recipe for Low-Carb Roasted Green Beans is easy to make, but elegant enough for a holiday meal. If you’re looking for a green bean recipe for Thanksgiving, look no further. These beans can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Paleo diet.
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Roasting green beans brings out the flavors in the vegetable and even makes them a little bit sweet. A bit of garlic, salt and black pepper enhances the green bean goodness. A pinch of red pepper flakes adds just a little bit of a pop to the flavor.
Finally, sliced almonds add some nutty crunch and some visual interest.
I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but I’ve been making it as a Thanksgiving side dish for about 20 years.
Oven space is hard to find in my kitchen on Thanksgiving day. Since these green beans don’t need to roast very long, I prepare them for roasting and put them in the oven after I take out the turkey.
Are green beans keto friendly?
While green beans are not as low in carbohydrates as some above ground veggies, they can still work on a ketogenic diet.
This recipe has 4 grams net carbs for a 3 ounce serving of green beans. This can easily fit into even a very low carb diet.
Green beans also deliver nutrients such as calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A and trace minerals. Not a bad way to invest your carb quota, for sure!
How to roast green beans
Roasting green beans is one of the easiest ways to make this vegetable.
Roasting vegetables must be done in a fairly hot oven–usually 400º to 425º Fahrenheit. Turn the oven on before getting started to allow it time to preheat.
Before roasting, the beans must be completely dry and coated with oil. In this recipe, I add garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil to add extra flavor.
Next, spread the green beans on a baking sheet. They must only be in one layer. They thinner they are spread, the better.
Finally, roast the green beans for about 20 minutes total. You will need to stir them once or twice during this time to allow them to roast evenly.
Can you roast frozen green beans?
I have tried this recipe with both fresh and frozen green beans. While the results are far superior when made with fresh green beans, the recipe will still turn out if you use frozen beans.
If you decide to use frozen beans, be sure to defrost the beans first by putting them in a colander and running cold water over them.
Once the beans are defrosted, dry them thoroughly before proceeding with the recipe. You may also find that you need to roast them longer.
How to store leftover green beans
While these green beans are best eaten the day they are made, leftovers can be saved for later.
If you have any green beans leftover, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should last around three days.
These roasted green beans could also be frozen if you will not be able to use them within three days.
How to reheat leftover green beans
To reheat the green beans, I put them in an oven safe container and heat them in a low temperature oven (250-300º fahrenheit) or until warm.
Other options to reheat on the stovetop. Simply heat a skillet over medium heat, add about a teaspoon of oil to the skillet, then the leftover beans. Stir beans frequently until warm. Serve immediately.
Of course, you can microwave them if you prefer. If you take this route, heat them for 30 seconds at a time and stir in between and check to see if they are warm enough.
Roasting veggies of all kinds is a simple, but tasty preparation. These green beans make a wonderful side dish perfect for a busy weeknight, or a holiday, or an elegant dinner. If you like roasted vegetables, you might want to check out my recipe for easy roasted Brussels sprouts. Enjoy!
Low-Carb Garlic Almond Roasted Green Beans
This recipe for Low-Carb Roasted Green Beans is easy to make, but elegant enough for a holiday meal. If you're looking for a vegetable recipe for Thanksgiving, look no further. These beans can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Paleo diet.
Preheat oven to 425º Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, if desired, for easy clean-up.
In a large bowl, mix together the avocado oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Add the green beans and mix to coat the beans with the oil. Spread the beans on the prepared baking sheet. (Do not wash out the bowl.) Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Add the sliced almonds to the bowl and stir them to allow them to absorb any oil and garlic left in the bowl. Set aside.
Roast the green beans in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, the stir and return to the oven for 5-7 minutes more. Stir in the almonds and roast 3-5 minutes longer, or until desired doneness.