I don’t know about you, but snacking always gets me. No matter how delicious and tasty my breakfast, lunch, and dinner is, I always find myself hungry in between those meals. If I head for the vending machine, I know my calorie count will be off for the day. Luckily, this Spicy Broiled Green Beans recipe satisfies my snacking urges. It’s crispy and crunchy like a chip, but it only packs 61 calories per serving!
Minimal Ingredients, Maximum Flavor
Green beans are naturally tasty on their own, especially if they’re cooked properly. They have a crispy texture and a sweet flavor. Accentuate that with a few herbs and spices, and you’ll have a snack fit for any diet plan! These Spicy Broiled Green Beans are not only low-calorie, but they’re also gluten-free keto-friendly, Whole30 approved, and fit the Mediterranean diet.
All you need is a bunch of green beans and six additional ingredients you probably already have on hand. The olive oil adds flavor without adding unhealthy fats while the soy sauce adds savory, salty flavor. If you’re gluten-free, you’ll want to use coconut aminos or gluten-free Tamari instead of regular soy sauce.
Then, add in the spicy flavor with garlic powder, cayenne, and crushed red pepper. Season it up with a touch of kosher salt and you’ll be ready to bake! If you don’t have any of these spices on hand, feel free to substitute spices like chili powder, paprika, or onion powder.
Using the Broiler
The broiler is one of the most underused cooking methods in most kitchens, but we’d like to change that. Once you get used to cooking under the broiler, you’ll find it’s exactly like cooking out on the grill – just in reverse! The hot broiler cooks the green beans from the top down, ensuring they’re crispy and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
The other great thing about the broiler? It cooks your food really quickly. You only need 10 minutes to whip up this snack! So make sure you have some green beans in the crisper drawer and you’ll always have access to a healthy, delicious snack when the cravings hit.
Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: about 1/2 cup | Calories: 61 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Protein: 2 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 206 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- Preheat the oven to low broil.
- Combine all ingredients except green beans and mix well. Place the beans in a large mixing bowl and drizzled the spice mixture over top. Toss well to coat the green beans in the sauce.
- Spread the beans in an even layer on a baking sheet. Broil for about 10 minutes or until crispy and beans just begin to brown.
- Note: the beans may still be crunchy when finished cooking.