Upgrade a classic side dish with this Mediterranean-inspired, sweet and savory balsamic braised green beans recipe in less than an hour!
- 1/3 cup light olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup water
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1 cup whole black olives
- 1 cup water, divided
- 1 lb green beans, trimmed
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 to 4 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
- Fresh orange slices
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and onion and cook until tender or 4 to 6 minutes.
- Pour the orange juice and optional maple syrup into the pot. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes
- Place the olives and water in the pot and cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat until the olives begin to soften.
- Add the green beans, kosher salt, black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup more of purified water. Cover and reduce heat to medium until green beans are tender or about 18 to 22 minutes.
- While the green beans are cooking, toast the pine nuts. Preheat the oven to 400F and place aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Place the nuts evenly on the prepared pan and toast in the oven for a few minutes or until golden brown (be careful not to burn). Set aside.
- Once the beans are cooked, place them in a serving dish or keep in the pot.
If serving in a dish, add about 1/2 cup of the sauce from the pan and the olives.
- Garnish with fresh thyme, orange slices, and toasted pine nuts before serving.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Estimated Nutrition per serving with the braised sauce.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: side dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 143
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 365.4 mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 1.6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: braised green beans, low carb, paleo, Whole30, vegetarian