Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. And these delicious beans are Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One, so you can make them for anyone who's coming for dinner!
(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and these Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger are not only beautifully red and green for the holidays, but they're delicious!)
I came up with this recipe as an idea for my collection of Carb-Conscious Thanksgiving Recipes, but these green beans are so festive and colorful that they'd be perfect for anyone who's looking for a holiday side dish for Christmas dinner as well. The beans and peppers roast at high heat for a short time, so they can cook while you're coming up with the final touches on the meal.
Mince the garlic and ginger and mix with the olive. Cut up the red peppers, trim the beans, and toss with the olive oil mixture.
Spread the beans and peppers out on a large baking sheet, arranging them so they aren't crowded and then roast at 450F/230C. Beans take about 15 minutes to cook; they're done when a few beans are starting to look browned and they're tender-crisp.
Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger
(Inspired by a recipe for roasted green beans in Vegetables Every Day, a long time favorite cookbook.)
4-5 large garlic cloves, finely minced (I use my beloved garlic chopper!)
1 heaping tablespoon minced ginger root
2 T olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 lb. thin French-style green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Mince 4-5 large garlic cloves, enough to make a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic. Peel ginger root and finely mince enough ginger to make a heaping tablespoon of minced ginger. Put olive oil, minced garlic, and minced ginger in a glass bowl or measuring cup and let it marinate while you prep vegetables. (This will slightly season the oil.)
Cut red bell pepper into fourths lengthwise, then remove seeds and trim any white pithy parts. Cut off rounded top and bottom parts to make it easier to cut even strips, then cut each piece of pepper into thin crosswise strips. Trim ends of green beans and cut them in half. (To trim beans easily, loosely grab a handful and stand them up on the cutting board to line up the ends, trim, and then repeat with the other end.)
Put the green beans and red pepper strips into a medium-sized bowl and then toss with the olive oil, minced garlic, and minced ginger. Spread the vegetables out on a large baking sheet, arranging it so vegetables aren't crowded (as much as you can.) Roast 15 minutes, or until a few beans are starting to look browned and the veggies are tender-crisp. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot. (I stirred them once after 10 minutes, but if you're busy making gravy, that's totally optional.)
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Green beans and red bell peppers are both wonderfully low-carb vegetables that are loaded with nutrients, and this recipe is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as other low-carb diet plans, including Paleo.
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More Ideas for Holiday-Worthy Green Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce from Kalyn's Kitchen
World's Best Green Bean Casserole from A Veggie Venture
Lemony Green Beans (with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest) from Kalyn's Kitchen
Brown Butter Green Beans with Almonds from Andrea Meyers
Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn's Kitchen
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