Good-for-You Green Beans

Whether you call them green beans or string beans, one thing’s for certain: this bean is good for you. Loaded with a beta-carotene, lutein, neoxanthin, violaxanthin, quercetin, catechins, procyanidins and more, green beans have been shown to have more antioxidant capacity than other foods in the bean and pea families. Cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits, and minerals and vitamins such as iron and vitamins C and K make green beans a must-have for healthy eating.

Complement chicken dishes with this flavorful green bean recipe.

Green Beans with Honey-Mustard Glaze

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey

Directions

Boil lightly-salted water in a large saucepan. Add green beans; cook, uncovered, until green beans are crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Dry the saucepan and return it to the stove over low heat. Add mustard seeds; stir and toast for about 1 minute or until they pop. Add vinegar and honey to the saucepan; cook until the sauce becomes syrupy. Add green beans; toss. SERVES 8

And here are some other food pairing suggestions for green beans: green beans with potatoes and corn in lemon brown butter sauce, three bean salad with creamy lemon dressing, and green beans with gorgonzola and basil vinaigrette.