District Dish: Green Bean Casserole Substitute

Green bean casserole seems to be a staple at any Thanksgiving meal. However, there are healthy substitutes. Instead of the traditional recipe think about sauteing them in only a butter or olive oil and garlic, then simmering them in chicken broth. For a more vibrant dish, you can add fresh herbs and citrus—both zest and juice.

Green Beans Two Ways

Healthy Alternative to Green Bean Casserole, Vibrant Dish

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 3/4 tspn chopped rosemary
  • 1 tspn finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tspn finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 lbs green beans
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth


  1. In a small bowl, combine the tarragon, rosemary, lemon zest and orange zest. Season the gremolata with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the garlic in the butter over moderately high heat until just fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the beans, toss to coat and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, cover tightly and bring to a boil. Cook until the beans are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, tossing occasionally, until the broth is nearly evaporated and the beans are tender, about 4 minutes longer. For Kids Transfer half of the beans to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. For Adults Add the gremolata to the beans in the skillet and toss until fragrant. Stir in the orange and lemon juices and transfer the green beans to a bowl. Serve right away.

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