Dressing down some of our holiday favorites can not only be healthier but actually can awaken our taste buds. Without all the mushroom soup and canned fried onions, you can actually taste the delicious individual flavors of the green beans, shallots and mushrooms in this side dish.
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Water for steaming
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup sliced shallots (about 2 medium)
3/4 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, sliced (your choice of button, baby portabella, shiitake, oyster or any combination)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Set a steamer basket insert into a large saucepan and fill with water to a level just below the steamer. Bring to a boil. Add green beans and steam to your desired degree of tenderness (about 5 minutes). Once the beans have cooked, remove the cover, drain the beans in a colander and set aside.*
To cook the shallots and mushrooms, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the shallots and cook, stirring until softened slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the moisture they release evaporates and they begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the green beans and stir to combine until the beans are once again warm. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
* If short on stove-top space (and who isn’t during holiday meals?), you can also steam the green beans in the microwave. Put them in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 tablespoon water. Cover tightly and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Follow directions above.
Per Serving: 80 Calories; 5g Fat (48.1% calories from fat); 1g Saturated Fat; 2g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 7mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.
Recipe is low fat, low calorie, diabetic friendly and gluten free. Recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com. Visit them on the web for more free recipes and healthy-cooking tips.