Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Best Ever Braised Green Beans

November 16, 2015
Here's a secret recipe that I eat all the time in real life and have never put up on PD! My boyfriend loves this and requests this all the time, and so do I. The only reason I've never put it up was that I was afraid it wouldn't photograph well since it only has a few ingredients. It's one of those recipes that will make you see a "boring" vegetable in a totally new light--and yet it's so easy and simple. The boring veggie here in question is green beans, no one's favorite vegetable. Yes, you technically like the standard French green beans topped with almonds that you get as a side in many restaurants. You probably have fond memories of green bean casserole topped with fried onions at your Thanksgiving table growing up. But otherwise, green beans are ho-hum and not that exciting to cook with. The secret to making exciting green beans is braising. Braising is a cooking method in which you start by sauteing in oil and move on to lightly simmering in liquid for a long time. This double process seems laborious but in the case of green beans, it brings out its natural sweetness and makes its texture so hearty, almost "meaty," and satisfying. You'll love the combination of umami and sweet flavors that braising creates. And yet it's so much healthier than the green bean casserole! I'm a comfort food lover, but I much prefer this to that casserole dish. Try it and see if you agree with me!
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Best Ever Braised Green Beans

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Best Ever Braised Green Beans

Recipe Type: Allergen Free Appetizers
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  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small to medium onion, sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • to taste fresh black pepper
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Directions

1. Heat the oil in a medium pot, preferably thick-bottomed, over medium heat. When oil is fragrant, add onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until translucent. 2. Add green beans and garlic. Saute, stirring lightly, for about 2-3 minutes. 3. Add marinara sauce, water, and brown sugar. Get it to boiling point, and then reduce to simmer for about 20-25 minutes, until liquid is reduced to 1/2. 4. Turn off heat, garnish with portobello "bacon crumble" if desired. (Great for special occasions like the holidays, though up to you!). Enjoy! Portobello and onion "bacon bits": Take 1/2 cup finely chopped onions, and 3/4 cup chopped portobello and toss in 1 tsp oil. Lay on a foil covered baking sheet and bake in 375* oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy.
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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.

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