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  • Writer's pictureShannon Crocker, RD PHEc

Garlicky Green Beans with Toasted Coconut

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

If you're not really a green bean fan -- this recipe might just change your mind!

I'm not a green bean lover either, but I could eat an entire plate of these garlicky green beans -- the garlic, toasted coconut and sea salt all work together with the beans to create deliciousness.

You can use fresh or frozen green beans. I like the thinner ones -- they cook more quickly and have a milder flavour. If using frozen, don't defrost -- just add into the hot pan while still frozen.

Here's how to make them (you can wing the amounts):

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

Add several handfuls of green beans (3-4 cups)and sauté until heated through and just tender-crisp.

Add 1 small clove of garlic, minced and stir for another minute.

Remove from pan, put onto serving plate and sprinkle with coarsely ground or flaky sea salt.

Add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until just starting to turn golden.

Top green beans with coconut and enjoy!

Nutrition Neat-to-Know: green beans don't get a lot of credit in the wellness world, yet they are nutrient-rich. They provide fibre that's good for gut health, heart health and brain health. They also provide vitamin C, magnesium and potassium -- three nutrients important for heart health that most Canadians don't get enough of.

blue pottery bowl with green beans topped with toasted coconut and dried cranberries
Garlicky Green Beans with Toasted Coconut on the Set of CHCH Morning Live


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