Where has the year gone? With the holidays rapidly approaching, time seems to fly by faster than I could ever imagine.
This year, I have vowed not to make the same mistake as last year—waiting to the very last moment to create my holiday menu. Scrambling for last-minute recipes invites so much unnecessary stress and anxiety, enough to drive anyone over the edge.
That said, it’s meal-planning time!
With classic dishes like stuffed turkey, rib roasts, and glazed ham taking the stage during the holidays, these meat-based entrees can often distract us from thinking about vegetables. But we all need our veggies, and we know this critical food group deserves to share the spotlight.
Obviously, vegetables bring all the vitamins and minerals to the table (no pun intended) and therefore deserve to taste as (if not more!) fabulous than their featured counterparts. But many tend to dismiss the veggie side dish, opting for the more appealing meaty, bready or buttery options available.
Well here at SkinnyMs., we’ve created a recipe that won’t go ignored. With its stunning presentation and mouthwatering flavor, this gobble-worthy dish will satisfy your entire family and friend group, carnivores and vegetarians alike.
Our Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms recipe makes for a quick, simple downright delicious recipe makes the perfect side dish for any occasion, from glamorous holiday dinners to busy weeknight meals.
This recipe calls for a modest handful of nutritious ingredients, highlighting the green beans and mushrooms in particular.
These two superfoods have a lot to offer, and we promise your waistline and body will thank you, especially around the holidays. Let’s take a look at some of their noteworthy benefits.
- High in dietary fiber
- Boast anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to their high levels of flavanoids
- Low in fat and calories
- Regulates blood sugar levels, which can prevent or manage diabetes
- Contain powerful antioxidants to boost the immune system
- Are a great source of the sunshine vitamin, or vitamin D
- low in carbohydrates and calories
- Promote cell renewal
- Provide critical nutrients like protein, selenium, vitamin C, and iron
- Boast antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant abilities to boost the immune system and fight free radical
Minced garlic adds bold, yummy flavor and its own set of health perks, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
When it comes to veggies, the cooking method you choose sometimes ranks higher in importance than your choice of vegetables. And in general, you really can’t go wrong with roasting. Roasting veggies enhances flavor, yummifies the texture, and results in a gorgeous presentation. And this drool-worthy recipe is no exception!
Roasting gives green beans these deliciously crisp, browned edges that taste both chewy and slightly crunchy. Not to mention the mushrooms turn tender and juicy under this cooking method, blending beautifully with the tangy soy sauce.
This colorful dish has to be one of the easiest recipes in our archive, despite its uber-impressive flavor and appearance.
Simply combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl, spread in an even layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and crisp. It can’t get much simpler than that!
With that said, if your New Year’s goals involve eating healthier, cooking more meals at home, and replacing processed, pre-prepared meals with fresh produce, this tasty recipe certainly fits the bill. Not to mention, this low-calorie, high-fiber recipe wont keep you in the kitchen for long. Simply prep the veggies, pop them in the oven, and go about your business until the timer goes off!
This to-die-for side dish is perfect for any occasion, and a guaranteed hit at your next holiday dinner party!
Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 87 | Total Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 86mg | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Protein: 2g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 2 cups fresh mushrooms (any variety), sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Toss to combine and lightly coat the mushrooms and beans in the oil.
- Spread in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 15 minutes until browned. Serve hot and enjoy!