Green Beans with Red Pepper and Shallots

March 14, 2011

Green beans are another one of those things I grew up thinking I didn’t like.  That’s because green beans meant a quickly-heated can of those gray and stringy slivers that barely resemble a real bean.  Once I tried real, fresh beans I realized what I’d been missing.


Still, by themselves, green beans can be a little boring.  Good thing it’s so easy to jazz them up!  This was another one of those raid-the-produce-drawer dishes that I threw together at the last minute for a tasty and healthy side dish.


  • Green Beans, rinsed and ends trimmed
  • Red Pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • Red Onion or Shallot, cut into thin rings
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • The Rum and Coke is optional

In a large saute pan, heat a little olive oil over medium heat and saute the shallots until they soften and begin to brown.

While the shallots are cooking, steam the green beans until they’re just barely tender.

Add the pepper to the shallots and cook for a few more minutes, until the pepper is barely tender.  Add the green beans and cumin.

Stir over medium to medium-high heat until the beans are done.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve them up hot and enjoy!

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1 Kalynskitchen March 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’d love this for a dinner side dish!


2 March 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

These green beans not only look yummy, They sound healthy too!
Can’t wait to ty them..


3 sheila @ Elements March 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Looks so delicious!! When you mentioned the rum and coke, I thought the veggies were cooked with rum and Coke. Silly me! As crazy as it sounds, the thought of your green beans fried with a little rum and Coke sounds actually quite good. Maybe I’ll try it sometime! Thanks for the idea! :)


4 Karen Bove March 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

A nice cold rum and Coke sounds good with most anything :) I just forgot to move it out of the photo.


5 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

I had a similiar experience with green beans growing up, only I still liked them! Must have been all the salty goodness. My parents were all about the canned and packaged foods. I thought mashed potatoes came from a box until I was in high school! Ack! :)


6 Kelly March 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

This looks delicious! I love fresh green beans. Will be making this soon!


7 dragonet2 March 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

That is a beautiful rendition of green beans but. that is the one vegetable I cannot imagine doing without because I like them in so many ways. AND my family tradition (eaten at my Grandma’s table) was home-canned green beans decanted, some bacon and onion sauteed, then the beans added and being cooked more.

I’ve cooked them in many ways, and when I was first doing Weight Watchers (way long ago) would just serve them out of the can. I do have to add I live with a man who is a ‘meat-a-tarian’ and eats very few vege, so I can fix vege I like and not worry about anyone else.

Thank you for sharing! I am enjoying this blog.


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