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Ideas for Green Beans

When you think of your Thanksgiving spread, are green beans on the table? They are for a lot of us, too! Interestingly, green beans are a summer vegetable so who knows how they ended up as a holiday classic. Whether you opt for an updated version of the classic Thanksgiving-favorite Green Bean Casserole or choose to go a bit more outside the box with a Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole, chances are that green beans are on your menu.   

Green Bean Casserole Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole


Green beans are also known as snap beans, pole beans or string beans, although the thin string that runs down the side of the bean is rarely found in modern varieties. The thin, French version is called haricot verts. You can try them in this Walnut Haricots Verts recipe.

Green beans are delicious in salads, main dishes, sides, soups, stews and snacks. They can be eaten raw or cooked, diced or whole. These are my favorite tips and recipes:

Green Beans with Pecans and Clementine DressingGreen Beans with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Bacon

When shopping, look for smooth, firm green beans without brown or soft spots and no bruises. Remember, they should snap easily. Keep them in the fridge in a breathable produce bag for up to a week. For easy back up, frozen green beans, either whole or cut, come in super handy.

Got a great green bean recipe? Let me know.

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Vjklander says …

For various reasons we avoid breads including pasta. When I found myself with a large excess of green beans, I just steamed some up and put my marinara sauce over them. Works great.

Yolanda Williams says …

Hello Whole Foods, Do you have a recipe that includes both pole beans and blue cheese crumbles? If so, pray please tell, thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@YOLANDA - Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a recipe that matches this description on our website. I found a recipe that might be similar on our friends' site, Food 52. http://food52.com/recipes/6641-mizuna-haricot-vert-salad-with-crispy-potatoes-purple-basil-cherry-tomatoes-stilton