Though they're great raw, green beans can be prepared in a variety of ways. Boiling, steaming and microwaving are probably the most popular, but stir-frying is one of the best. This quick-heating method preserves the quality and flavor of the vegetable.
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Though they are available year-round, October is peak season for green beans. It's no wonder that green beans lead the pack as the go-to casserole ingredient.
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Serve green beans with your favorite sauces and spices to complement any meal. Melt herbed margarine over green beans and pair with grilled steak. Green beans almondine is a great side with roast chicken. Take a more old-fashioned approach and cook them with onions, potatoes and bacon all afternoon, then serve with a pork roast for a Sunday meal with the family.
Use green beans as a recipe substitute to boost fiber and lower fat and carbohydrates. For example, replace prepared chili beans in sauce with green beans in your favorite chili recipe for a different take on this cold-weather dish. Substitute partially or completely for potatoes in stews. Get creative: Green beans do well in an array of different flavors and preparation methods.
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