A healthy recipe for green beans. Perfect for a side dish with lunch, it is packed with vitamins and is gluten, cholesterol and dairy free. Suitable for vegans.


Makes 8 side dishes 

  • 1 kg green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 25 g fresh thyme leaves
  • 50 g pine nuts, roasted
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat skillet with 1 inch water and pinch of salt (if desired). Boil on high.
    Add beans and simmer uncovered over a low heat.
  2. Drain beans.
  3. Using the same, dried, skillet, heat oil and add crushed garlic.
  4. Add beans. Toss over a medium heat.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and toss the beans with fresh thyme leaves and roasted pine nuts.

Preparation time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy

  • A great side dish for Christmas lunch that doesn’t take long to cook.
  • Measure the olive oil rather than pouring it straight from the bottle to make sure you only use a teaspoon. Measuring a small amount of oil every time you cook is one step you can take to reduce your fat intake. Reducing fat intake is an important part of improving your diet, which can reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions like obesity, erectile dysfunction, type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
  • Serve with lean meat or mushrooms for protein.

This healthy recipe is a favourite of Julie’s family in Novar Gardens, SA.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per serve:

Energy 369 kJ
88 cal
Protein 3.96 g
Total fat 5.30 g
Saturated fat 0.37 g
Carbohydrates 3.84 g
Total sugars 1.88 g
Fibre 4.54 g
Sodium 98.61 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Potassium 640.87 mg


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