Simple. Beautiful. Delicious. Coconut Green Beans compliment almost any dish to add a spectacular visual experience, not to mention an amazing flavor profile. Prepared with fresh garlic, Dijon mustard, turmeric, a little red pepper flakes for kicks, and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut. This will be a recipe that will keep you coming back for more.
Summer…a time for Picking Green Beans
When I was a kid, I wasn’t too fond of green beans. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the taste. Actually, it was because whenever my brother and I got into an argument, my mom would send us out to pick a row of green beans. My mom has the most beautiful garden. As an adult, I appreciate all the beautiful care packages that arrive with fresh produce from her garden. But as a kid…not so much. Unfortunately, I didn’t appreciate what I had because it was all I knew. To me, vegetables meant chores. Now, I love picking green beans and my children love to forage through the garden throughout the day eating their living salad bar.
What I Love About This Recipe
There are so many things you can do with your summer bounty of green beans, but my favorite that I seem to come back to over and over again is Coconut Green Beans. Loaded with healing herbs such as turmeric, garlic, and mustard. Not only is it tasty, but healthy as well. Did you know green beans are also high in Vitamin K and Calcium? These nutrients are known for maintaining strong, healthy bones. Just look at their shape—long and slender like a bone. Isn’t God so fun that He hides nutrients in foods that are in the shapes of the body parts that are nourished by them? Just look at the walnut; yep, good for the brain.
Besides their health benefits and incredible flavor profile, what I love about this recipe the most is that everything can be prepared ahead of time and then cooked and timed just right so that everything comes together perfectly at dinner time. In fact, I usually have one of the children prepare the dish and set it aside so that I can check it off my list while I prepare my Maple Glazed Chicken & Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes.
- 1 12oz package of Haricot Verts (french green beans or regular)
- 2 T coconut oil
- 2 tsp chopped fresh garlic or 3 large minced cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Wash and prepare the green beans by removing any ends and cutiing into 2-inch pieces (cut in half).
- Combine everything except the shredded coconut into a large skillet.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until green beans are just tender yet still maintain their crunch.
- Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring constantly, until the water has evaportated and the garlic is slightly golden (about 3 minutes).
- Remove from heat, sprinkle in the coconut, and give it a good toss.
- Serve and EnJOY!
*I love this recipe because it can be prepared (not cooked) in the skillet way ahead of time and set aside. That way, 10 minutes before your meal is ready, you can add the heat and everything is ready to go. Easy Peasy. This is definitely a recipe I have the kids prepare to help out with dinner.
**I keep a jar of prepared chopped garlic in my refrigerator so I have it ready to spoon into all my recipes. I purchase a large package of peeled garlic at Costco, chop it up in my food processor, fill several wide mouth pint jars, and add olive oil to preserve. It lasts for weeks in the refrigerator as long as the garlic is covered by the olive oil. I always have extra to share with friends. Such a time-saver and the flavor is AMAZING compared to the storebought jars of prepared chopped garlic.