Green beans are a vegetable that I could eat all day long, second only to broccoli.
When I was younger, steamed green beans with soy sauce and fresh lemon were a favorite of mine! But trading in the soy sauce for olive oil, fresh tomatoes, and thyme has yet to disappoint the palate.
And this combo can be played up to accommodate many dishes by swapping in different spices. Simple salt and pepper is pleasing as well!
I grew up eating lots of vegetables, and I can only hope that the same appreciation for the taste of them will transpire in my kids.
I will admit that the kids aren’t completely won over with green beans (they’re green, remember?), but I still put them on their plates, as they will still rip the pods open and eat the actual tiny “beans” inside. I call it positive progress, ha!
This was originally from one of Rachael Ray’s “30-Minute Meals” episodes years ago, but as I look for the recipe now, it seems to no longer exist online. Hmmm…
I have approximated the ingredients and measurements for my own adaptation which you see here, so please don’t be too upset if they’re off. All I can say is estimate, to taste.
- Ingredients and measurements are approximate. My best advice is to add seasonings to taste.
- Dried thyme can be used in place of fresh. Fresh lemon and/or lemon zest can be added for extra oomph!
The kids love ripping the beans open to eat the insides… so they do literally eat the beans – lol! I have yet to fully win them over with the full bean itself, but I’ll get them eventually. Maybe our recipes for crispy, oven-baked green bean fries or this spicy garlic version will be the ultimate winners!
Hubs likes this side dish, and so do I. And although we’re halfway to hitting the top of the charts with this one, I will still continue to make it.
Make delicious green beans flavored with thyme, tomatoes, and some lemon. My kids love it and I’m sure yours will too! And they’re so easy to prepare.
- 2 pounds green beans, washed and trimmed
- 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme (or fresh, if available)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lemon juice and/or zest (optional)
- Steam the green beans in 1-2 inches of water until crisp or fork tender. Drain.
- Drizzle with olive oil, and toss with the remaining ingredients. That’s it!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dishes
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegetables
Keywords: green beans, tomato, thyme
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About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!