More Please! Green Bean Dishes Kids Will Love

It can be tricky to get kids excited about eating their vegetables. Luckily for those who serve little eaters, green beans are here to help. Both the flat and round varietals are great sources of vitamins, available year-round, and work in a variety of dishes. However, for the sake of this article, we will only be discussing dishes that utilize the traditional “round” variety. Help kids stay healthy and happy with these green bean dishes.

Green Bean Fries

Sneak in some green beans by turning them into “fries.” Kids will love the crunchy texture, and can dip the fries in their favorite sauce. For this dish, we’d recommend seasoning panko breadcrumbs with garlic, salt, and pepper. Additionally, try pan frying your green beans instead of deep frying them. This will help the beans maintain more of their nutritional value.

Green Bean Casserole

Though often associated with the holidays, this dish deserves to be served year round. A good green bean casserole recipe is great to keep in your back-pocket, as the dish can be prepared and cooked quickly.

  • Pro Tip: Think beyond traditional ingredients! Try using bacon and cheese in your casserole for a more filling, savory take.

Green Beans And Potatoes

This southern favorite can be served as either an appetizer or a main course. Small potatoes work best, as they won’t overpower the green beans. Fresh green beans work wonders here, making this a wonderful summer dish. Slow cook the potatoes and green beans for best results.

Sautéed Green Beans

If you want vibrant hues and delicious flavors, sautéed green beans are an excellent bet. This dish can be tailored a variety of ways, but we love adding in fresh garlic and lemon to create a rounded flavor profile. You can sauté the beans in butter if you’d like, but we recommend using olive oil for a healthier spin.

  • Pro Tip: Blanch your green beans before adding them to the pan in order to keep your beans as crunchy as possible!

Green Bean Stir Fry

Introducing kids to Asian food couldn’t be easier. Green beans are a great inclusion to stir-fries as their fresh flavor and crunchy texture are loved by kids of all ages. Better yet, green beans pair wonderfully with classic Asian ingredients like ginger and teriyaki sauce. Add white rice, sesame seeds, and teriyaki chicken to your green bean stir fry for a main course that kids won’t be able to get enough of!