A quick and simple paleo, vegan, and Whole30 side dish, these Sesame Garlic Green Beans make the perfect pair for just about anything and come together in less than 15 minutes.
Green beens were a staple in my family’s diet growing up. For a majority of my childhood my parents had a huge garden in our backyard. They grew everything from spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, green beans, peas, broccoli, and zucchini. Our neighbor also had an amazing garden and grew everything you can imagine…squashes, corn, rhubarb, potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, sunflowers, and even had chickens for awhile. I didn’t realize how amazing it was back then. I now dream of having a house with a yard and room for a garden and some chickens. Hopefully one day.
But back to the point, green beans were on the dinner table probably 3-4 times out of the week. We would go out and pick some, while eating some at the same time, and bring them inside to prepare for dinner. Our way of choice was usually sautéing them with olive oil, balsamic, and garlic. It was just so simple and easy. I think at one point I got sick of them because we were eating them so much. Too much of a good thing I guess you could say.
These sesame garlic green beans were inspired by the ones I used to grow up with. I cut the balsamic and used coconut aminos instead. If you haven’t heard of coconut aminos, it is just a soy sauce alternative that gives you that salty taste and is paleo and Whole30 friendly. I also added ginger for a little kick and sesame seeds. They kind of remind me of ones you could get at an Asian restaurant.
I made these for some of my clients and they were a hit so I knew I needed to share. They come together in less than 20 minutes and can pair with whatever protein you have on hand. I would say they are quite addicting though. Michael and I (okay, really mostly me) ate about 3/4 of the recipe in one sitting. Feel free to double or triple it. I have done it before and it works just fine. They save great to make a large batch and have on hand throughout the week #mealprep
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Sesame Garlic Green Beans
Heat a medium sized sauté pan or wok over medium heat. Add avocado oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add green beans, cover with lid, and let cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, coconut aminos, and lemon juice and stir to combine. Let cook for 2-3 more minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add sesame seeds. Stir to combine.
Serve and enjoy!