Green Beans with Garlic & Onion

Green Beans with Garlic & Onion

MenoLabs Recipes | Fri, Nov 27, 2020

This healthy version of a classic favorite is sure to be the perfect side dish this holiday season!

Green beans are a great source of dietary fiber, which can improve digestive health. On average, one cup of green beans provides 3.5 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed your gut microbiome. 

Did You Know

Fiber is crucial to promoting probiotic health. A fiber-rich diet can help feed probiotics. But how does fiber help probiotic health? 

  • Normalizes bowel movements 
  • Helps maintain bowel health
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Helps control blood sugar levels 
  • Aids in achieving healthy weight

Fiber helps feed your gut microbiome


  • 1 very large onion (about 3.5 cups), sliced
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 ½  lb. green beans, washed and trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼  cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. To toast the slivered almonds, place them on a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Watch carefully as they can burn quickly. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Cut the onion in half, remove ends, and then cut  into ¼ in slices..
  3. Add the sliced onions to a large skillet with a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp. of the vegetable broth. Heat the pan to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes until the onions are a light golden brown. If the pan gets too dry, add more vegetable broth 1 tbsp. at a time to deglaze the pan, scraping any browned bits off the bottom.
  4. Stir in the maple syrup and fresh thyme. Continue to cook for a couple more minutes.
  5. Add the green beans, minced garlic, ¼  cup of the vegetable broth and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring every few minutes. If the pan is getting too dry, continue deglazing and scraping the pan with 1-2 tbsp. broth, repeating as needed. The onions should be starting to caramelize.
  6. Remove the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring and deglazing with broth as needed, until the green beans are tender but still have a little crunch.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish, top with the toasted almonds. Serve immediately. 

(Recipe adapted from Running on Real Food)

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