Green Beans Almondine is a delicious way to dress up ordinary green beans, making them an elegant, Keto side dish that's perfect for the holidays!
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I'm not sure about you, but to me, this year just seems to have flown by! With the holiday's approaching, low carb side dishes are always on my mind. After all, holiday meals don't have to be off limits to those following Keto or a low carb diet.
Traditional green bean casseroles usually have a gravy or sauce that's loaded with carbs. By creating a rich and buttery lemon sauce, you eliminate those extra carbs but spare nothing on flavor!
Green Beans Almondine is a classic French dish that uses simple, every day ingredients, almonds and green beans. Fresh lemon and butter is added for a sauce that adds that special touch and amazing flavors.
What's in Green Beans Almondine
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make the Best Green Bean Almondine Recipe
Wash and trim the green beans, then boil them in salted water for a few minutes or until almost tender.
This also sets a beautiful green color.
In a large skillet, add in the butter and olive oil and turn the heat to low. Once the butter has melted, add in the almonds and toss to coat.
Once the the almonds just start to toast, stir in the garlic and cook for about 20 seconds. Don't allow the garlic to brown, or it will become bitter.
Add in the green beans, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper to taste, then toss to coat. Serve once the green beans are warmed through.
What Green Beans Are Best for Green Beans Almondine?
Fresh greens beans are always a great option. But if you have trouble accessing them, you can always use fresh frozen green beans. They usually come already trimmed and ready to use.
As another alternative, you can use canned green beans, whole or French style. Canned vegetables will gave a softer texture but they'll work fine if that's all you can find. Just be sure to drain them really well.
What Does Almondine Mean?
Almondine, or sometimes seen as Almandine, just means garnished with almonds. In the culinary world, you will sometimes see fish or other green vegetables, like asparagus used with Almondine. Regardless of which way you spell it, it's a delicious way to add texture and flavor to green beans.
Are Green Beans Keto?
When you started Keto, I am sure you heard that it's best to eliminate beans from your diet. And while, green beans are technically a legume,
they're significantly lower in carbs than most legumes making them perfectly fine for those on Keto or other low carb diets.
What are the Carbs in Green Beans?
There are 10 grams of carbs in 1 cup of green beans. There are 4 grams of fiber making the net carbs come in only around 6 grams. How is that for low carb!?
Can I use Other Nuts in Green Beans Almondine?
If you prefer to use another nut or have an almond allergy, pecans or walnuts can be used. Both have different flavor profiles but they will give you that bit of a crunch you're looking for in Green Beans with Almonds.
What Can I Serve with Green Beans Almondine?
That's the beauty of this low carb side dish. Green beans with almonds will go beautifully with almost any of your Keto main courses. If you're wanting a little inspiration, check out some of these all time favorites:
- Instant Pot Roast
- Pork Chops with Bacon Mushroom Gravy
- Blackened Salmon
- Grilled Chicken with Rosemary Citrus Glaze
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Skewers
- Chicken Francese
- Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Can I Make Green Beans with Almonds in Advance?
Absolutely! They're perfect for meal prepping. When you're serving a big meal and need as many time saving ideas you can find, this Green Bean Almondine recipe is perfect.
Prepare the recipe as normal but shorten the cooking time by just a few minutes. Store in an air tight container over night or up to a couple of days in the fridge.
If you're looking for even more time saving meal prep info, check out this article, "25 Easy Keto Meal Prepping Ideas."
More Keto and Low Carb Sides
- Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto
- Jalapeño Popper Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese
- Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- Easy Creamed Spinach
- Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Cauliflower
- Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Green Beans Almondine
- Wash and trim the green beans, then boil them in salted water for a few minutes or until almost tender. Drain the green beans and add them into a bowl with ice water to stop them from cooking further. This also sets a beautiful green color.
- In a large skillet, add in the butter and olive oil and turn the heat to low. Once the butter has melted, add in the almonds and toss to coat.
- Once the the almonds just start to toast, stir in the garlic and cook for about 20 seconds. Do not allow the garlic to brown, or it will become bitter.
- Add in the green beans, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper to taste, then toss to coat. Serve once the green beans are warmed through.
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