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Green Beans tossed in a Butter Balsamic Sauce

Welcome to November!! A few weeks till Thanksgiving!! Which bye the way… is my favorite holiday! It’s the one time of year that I completely let go and eat everything without feeling guilty.

Last year, I spent the 2 weeks leading up to the holiday giving healthy tips that will prevent you from ruining your weight loss goals during the best eating holiday in the world!

This year, I’m going to share a recipe a week leading up to Thanksgiving, that you can add to your menu that are delicious and guilt free!

This week, I’ll start with this yummy side. If you like green beans and have green bean casseroles on your table, I have a different and healthier spin. Best part it literally takes 30 minutes from start to finish!

Green Beans tossed in a Butter Balsamic Sauce


1 - 1 1/4 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and dried

canola or olive oil cooking spray

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

a pinch black pepper

2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional I have allergies, so I must make mine separate)

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place green beans in a single layer on baking sheet. Don't overcrowd them, you want them to cook evenly.

Spray beans lightly but evenly with cooking spray and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast beans for about 13-15 minutes, until crisp-tender with nicely browned, seared spots, stirring them once about halfway through.

When you remove the beans from the oven, place almonds, spread on a fresh piece of parchment, onto the baking sheet and roast them for 1 - 1½ minutes. Check them and watch closely – at this high temperature they toast very quickly and can burn easily. Which happens to me EVERY TIME I make this! I never learn! Don’t be like Lucinda!

Meanwhile, as beans are roasting, begin making browned butter sauce. Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted, foamed and turned a rich golden-brown with little specks of milk solids in the bottom of the pan. This will take anywhere from about 5-10 minutes, depending on how powerful your burners are.

Remove butter from heat and add the soy sauce and vinegar. (Lean away from the pan as you add them because they will cause the butter to splatter up.) To serve, place beans on a serving plate, drizzle browned butter sauce over top and toss the beans lightly to coat, then sprinkle with almonds.

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