Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onions

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For an attractive presentation, trim the stem ends of the beans, leaving the pointed ends intact. Most fresh beans today do not require stringing, as the fibrous string has been bred out of them.

Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onions
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 35 minutes (25 minutes prep)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 medium red onions (about 1 3/4 pounds), cut into 16 wedges each

  • 1 pound green beans , trimmed

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Drain.

  3. Add broth to the onions; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Add the beans, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Serve warm.

Commercial vegetable broth is readily available in natural-foods stores and many supermarkets. We especially like the Imagine and Pacific brands, sold in convenient aseptic packages that allow you to use small amounts and keep the rest refrigerated.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
about 2/3 cup
15 g
2 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
2 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
4 g
265 mg
109 mg
8 servings
about 2/3 cup each
2 1/2 vegetable
1/2 fat
Vitamin C
25% daily value

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1 reply

redorangedog 2016-12-03 15:33:38 -0600 Report

My husband loves this dish. I leave out the sugar, to sweeten use Stevia or Truvia. Although, my husband does not like his green beans sweetened. Again, I would use Canola oil spray.